Day Three of the Democratic National Convention "Working Together"

07/27/2016 07:30 PM

PHILADELPHIA – Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, rocked the main stage in Philadelphia on night two of the Democratic National Convention. Grimes got the crowd on their feet as she fired them up ahead of the historic roll call vote that would officially make Hillary Clinton the first female to be nominated for president by a major political party. The Kentucky delegation was in the crowd cheering on Grimes, including her mother Charlotte Lundergan who is serving as a delegate. Grimes’ Commonwealth comrades were singing her praises when we caught up with them after her big moment in the national spotlight.

Those watching the coverage of night two from the comfort of their couch probably saw a party united. But after the roll call vote there was a walk out by some of the delegates, including two of Kentucky’s. U.S. Representative John Yarmuth spoke to the Kentucky delegation over breakfast to try and reach out to those Sanders supporters dissatisfied with the results of the roll call vote. While many Sanders supporters are coming around, one of his delegates from Kentucky says it will take more than the Vermont senator telling him to vote for Clinton in order for him to back her in November.

A lot of work goes into putting together a national convention. One member of the Kentucky delegation was tasked with the organization of travel, accommodations and events for the delegation while they are in Philly. The Kentuckian organizing it all this year, David O’Neill, gave us a behind-the-scenes look.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at


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