Kentucky Democrats preparing for national convention

07/15/2016 02:57 PM

FRANKFORT — As Republicans from across the nation gather in Cleveland for their national convention next week, Democrats are preparing to head to Philadelphia the week of July 25 to nominate their presidential candidate.

Speaking to Pure Politics from the Kentucky Democratic Party headquarters in Frankfort, KDP Chairwoman Sannie Overly said Kentucky’s delegation, which is split between pledged Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton delegates, will be treated to a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”

“We have a number of events scheduled each day just for the Kentucky delegation that include speakers from around the country as well as events around the city. We’ll have site-seeing tours for folks who have interest outside of politics,” Overly said. “Then there are a lot of events going on that are sponsored by others.”

Kentucky’s Democratic delegates do not yet know which surrogate speakers will meet with the delegation, but Overly said the roster of speakers is “impressive.”

Fifty-five pledged delegates will cast votes nearly down the middle for Clinton and her one-time rival Sanders in the nominating process.

Kentucky also has five super delegates, which includes Overly, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, KDP Vice Chair Neville Blakemore, Charlotte Lundergan and Charlie Moore.

With Sanders ending his campaign and endorsing Clinton, Overly said the national and state Democratic Party will “unite around our nominee.”

“As a united party it certainly makes it easier to get past that primary process and look forward to a very robust campaign in the fall,” she said.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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