5 Things to Watch on the Last Day of the Democratic National Convention
The official end of the primary season is almost here.
— -- The countdown is on.
Today is the final day of the Democratic National Convention, and with some of the biggest political players — President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Tim Kaine — having already spoken, the focus is now on one person: Presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The 2016 Democratic National Convention
Aside from marking the end of the Democrats' convention, today also brings to a close two long weeks of conventions for many politicos, and the formal end of the primary season.
Here are five storylines to watch tonight:
The Big Speech
Clinton will formally take the stage and accept the Democratic nomination for president tonight, adding another chapter to the history books.
Little has been announced about the content of the speech, although it’s safe to assume that it’s the biggest one of her political career.
Another Daughter Introduces the Candidate
Chelsea Clinton will be introducing her mother tonight, and she isn’t the first child to be put in that position.
Last week in Cleveland, Ivanka Trump introduced her father when he took to the stage to accept the Republican nomination.
Chelsea, however, has had a bit more experience introducing her mother on various campaign trails throughout the years.
Similar to her mother, very little has been released about her speech but if she follows in her father’s footsteps, she’ll likely make it a personal address.
A Look at the Evolution of the Week
The convention started on Monday with regular boos and jeers from Bernie Sanders supporters throughout various speeches.
Over the past three days, there have been clear unification efforts, most notably when Sanders moved to nominate Clinton by voice vote at the end of the state-by-state roll call on Tuesday.
From then on, tensions have been notably calmer, and there was minimal booing on Wednesday.
Where the Democratic National Committee Stands
In the hours leading up to the start of the convention, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that she would be stepping down after the convention but still would be gaveling in, gaveling out and addressing the convention itself.
At the last minute, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gaveled the session to order instead, and there has been no further mention of Wasserman Schutlz’s involvement.
If she’s going to make a public appearance on the stage of the convention, today’s the day.
All Roads Lead to November 8
By the end of tonight, both major parties conventions will be finished and there will be two confirmed nominees battling it out for the win at the general election.
Technically the Green Party has their convention in the coming weeks, meaning that Dr. Jill Stein will eventually become her party’s nominee as well, but she is still polling in single digits.
We’ve still got 102 days left to go, folks. Stay tuned.