Mid-South Democrats hoping Clinton can unite party in speech - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Mid-South Democrats hoping Clinton can unite party in speech

When the spotlight turns to Senator Hillary Clinton Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, many Mid-South delegates hope she will be able to unite a party that has suffered some wounds.

"There is still some dissension among Hillary Clinton supporters," said delegate and Memphis City council member Myron Lowery. "They want her to be the nominee.  They are continuing to fight for a floor vote but that will not happen."

Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln thinks the vote will happen.  She said it will be merely ceremonial, but historic.

"They see the value of a symbolic vote that is respectful of the hard work and effort of her campaign and what it means particularly to her supporters," Lincoln said.

Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism said even though he is a Hillary Clinton supporter and a pledged Clinton delegate, a floor vote would be divisive and shouldn't happen.

"I'm a strong Clinton supporter, however, the race is over with," Chism said. "We need to come together and unite behind the winner."

The winner, Obama, who managed to beat the woman considered the Democratic favorite at the start of the race.


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