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Speakers at Democratic National Convention continue to spread messages of unity

Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nominee for president on Tuesday. (Source: NBC News) Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nominee for president on Tuesday. (Source: NBC News)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – (WMBF) – The Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday night, with former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders having a clear message for his supporters.

“Let me thank the 13 million Americans who voted for the political revolution," Sanders said.

Though Hillary Clinton may be the Democratic nominee for president, Frederick Wood, an associate professor of politics at Coastal Carolina University, said all of the support for Sanders cannot be ignored.

“We have to remember Sanders got 43 percent of the Democratic vote," Wood said. "And a lot of those delegates there are a first-time part of his political revolution that he was trying to get people involved in. So they are not the party regulars you would typically see.” 

On Monday, Sanders supporters were noticeable in the crowd and though he thanked them for standing by him, he pointed them to the new task at hand.

“Our job now is to see that strong Democratic platform implemented by a Democratic-controlled Senate, by a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency,” he said.

While looking back on the Republican National Convention, Wood said it is clear the night one messages were much different.

“I think the two parties have two different stories they want to tell," Wood said. "The Republicans had their plan of make American blank again, whether it’s safe or great again. The Democrats are going to focus on both uniting the party and saying that Hillary Clinton is the better choice out of the two.”

Wood added that GOP nominee Donald Trump having his family at the RNC was an attempt to convince voters that any potential negative things they may have heard about the businessman were not true.

"Whereas with the Clinton Democratic convention, it will be focused on that unity and bringing the two camps of the party together,” he said.

Wood said, similar to what was seen at the end of the RNC with Trump, Clinton will get a small bump in the polls. However, because the Democrats are going second, they will have the opportunity to challenge any points made through the RNC.

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