PHILADELPHIA — 6:30 p.m.: South Carolina Democrats cast 13 votes for Bernie Sanders and 46 votes for Hillary Clinton during the roll call vote to determine the party’s nominee for president.
S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, first vice chairwoman Kaye Lingle Koonce and sescond vice chairwoman Melissa Watson took turns delivering the customary remarks to describe the state’s points of distinction and pride.
“Our primaries elect presidents who break glass ceilings,” Harrison said.
1:30 p.m.: U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn and S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison co-headlined a state delegation lunch today where a major topic of discussion was how South Carolina, a traditionally “red” state, can go “blue” in 2016 and beyond.
Clyburn, the third highest ranking member of the House and Congress’s most senior black lawmaker, told delegates that Democrats had to stop listening to polls and start listening to people who actually know what’s going on in the Palmetto State.
“In 2008, I got very upset, because I was out there and I was feeling something different than what the polls said in South Carolina,” Clyburn said. Yet the polls indicated South Carolina didn’t have a chance of electing Barack Obama for president, and the campaign pulled thousands of dollars in resources out of the state.
South Carolina ended up voting for Obama in 2008 with 45 percent of the vote. In 2012, the state gave Obama 44 percent. Clyburn wondered what might have happened had the campaign not been seduced by the conventional wisdom of outside forces.
Harrison agreed that South Carolina was among those Republican states on the “cusp” of voting for a Democrat in a general election. But even if it doesn’t happen in this election cycle, Harrison said it is crucial that South Carolina Democrats don’t give up or grow passive. If nothing else, the state’s “First in the South” primary status depends on it.
“Let me tell you: Georgia and North Carolina want that,” Harrison said of other southern states which envy South Carolina’s status as an early voting primary state. “Florida wants that. And so in order to keep what we have, in order to keep the influence that we have as a party, we have to continue to perform. We have to continue to go above and beyond. We have to continue to show them that there is a talent in this state to do what we say we can do, which is to turn the South blue. We can do it. But the only way we can do it is if we bring everyone together.”
Harrison also said the answer for Bernie Sanders supporters was not to vote for third party candidates like Jill Stein in November.
“If we don’t get the (Deomcratic) percentage we got earlier,” Harrison warned, “that means it’s a hard job for us to sell (South Carolina)” to the national party.
11 a.m.: South Carolina Democrats will gather for lunch at 11:30 a.m. In the afternoon, they will go to the Wells Fargo Arena to participate in the roll call vote to nominate the party’s choice for president and vice president. At 8 p.m., Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will address the convention. Last night, he sat beside former President Bill Clinton in his VIP box.
10:30 a.m.: U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., spoke to The Post and Courier after addressing the South Carolina and Louisiana delegation breakfasts. He said he thought the convention was going well so far and wasn’t worried about some of the rancor coming from disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters who don’t want to get behind Hillary Clinton, even when they were booing speakers on the main stage.
“If we had that kind of acrimony tomorrow night and Thursday night I would be concerned,” Clyburn said. Wednesday and Thursday nights will feature, respectively, the presumptive vice presidential nominee, Tim Kaine, and Clinton.
“When I see these kinds of emotions, it doesn’t bother me,” he said. “People are allowed to express themselves. Now, at some point in time, you have to move on, and when we leave here I think it will be time to move on.”
Clyburn also disagreed with characterizations that the party was divided or fractured after a tense and prolonged primary campaign.
“This party is all about what this country is all about,” said Clyburn, “and I just find it hard to understand why people feel that when you have differences there’s some deep division.”
9:10 a.m.: South Carolina Democrats gathered for their second breakfast meeting of the convention energized after the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
Joining with the Louisiana delegation, South Carolinians heard from a number of speakers — a mix of local leaders and elected officials — who were in turns emotional about the state of the world and pragmatic about the need to move forward.
Speakers who supported Hillary Clinton for president during the primaries praised Bernie Sanders, who last night reiterated he had endorsed Clinton and asked his delegates to do the same. They thanked Sanders delegates in the room for their hard work and dedication and implored them to now join the team just hours before the party officially anoints their presidential nominee.
State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, the chairwoman of the DNC Southern Leadership Caucus, offered an apology on behalf of the national party to Sanders supporters for leaked emails showing efforts inside the organization to undercut the insurgent presidential candidate’s campaign.
South Carolina’s last Democratic governor, Jim Hodges, thanked Sanders for contributing progressive politics to the national conversation and forcing Democrats to talk about issues like income inequality.
And former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., spoke of her years sitting next to Sanders on the U.S. Senate floor, where she learned of his passion for his work.
“I am begging the Bernie Sanders supporters,” Landrieu, a moderate Democrat, said. “You have followed an amazing leader but now it’s time to lift ourselves up.”
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