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Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

“There’s so much to say,” Bernie Sanders began Wednesday morning.

The Democratic National Convention has seen a second night of rousing speeches in efforts to unify the party and rally around Hillary Clinton, now the official Democratic nominee for president and the first woman ever to hold that designation in U.S. history.

Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

On Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Sen. Bernie Sanders put an official end to his presidential candidacy by formally moving to nominate Hillary Clinton as the nominee.

Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

Who do Vermonters favor in the presidential race? How do Vermonters view the candidates for the key statewide offices? And what are the most important issues facing our state today?

Angela Evancie / VPR

A new VPR poll finds that Secretary Hillary Clinton may have a tough time winning the last 30 percent of Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters to her camp.

Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

Vermont’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention are in Philadelphia this week for the culmination of the 2016 presidential primary. But not all of them are going to be happy to witness the coronation of Hillary Clinton. Some Vermont delegates are struggling to pledge political allegiance to anyone other than Bernie Sanders.

Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

Vermont's delegates at the DNC spent Tuesday morning reflecting on whether to follow Bernie Sanders' exhortation to back Hillary Clinton. But a breakfast meeting with fellow Vermonter Howard Dean didn't move the Sanders faithful off of their stance.

John Locher / AP

Democrats opened their national convention in Philadelphia by front-loading some of their highest profile speakers on the event's first night.

First Lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned speech; Massachusetts Senator and progressive darling Elizabeth Warren spoke as well. But there was no more anticipated speaker on stage Monday night than Vermont's own Bernie Sanders.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

All eyes were on Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday night, and perhaps no contingent of supporters was more engaged than the group Vermonters who traveled to Philadelphia to support their hometown senator.

Emily Alfin Johson / VPR

“Unity” seems to be the one-word mantra that Democratic National Committee officials are using to frame this week’s national convention in Philadelphia. But many Vermont delegates aren’t ready to hold political hands with their party’s presumptive nominee quite yet.

John Locker / AP

Flash back to late May 2015 when Bernie Sanders announced to 5,000 Vermont supporters and to the world that he was launching a run for the Presidency as a Democrat. Political pundits could be excused for their skepticism that an independent Democratic Socialist U.S. Senator from one of the smallest states in the country could have any success.

Alex Brandon / AP

The 2016 Democratic presidential primary was in some ways as much as referendum on the nominating process as it was on the candidates themselves. A key committee at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has now moved to curb the influence of so-called superdelegates on the primary process, and several Vermonters helped lead the push for the changes.

With just one weekend to go before Hillary Clinton is expected to accept her party's nomination for president, WikiLeaks on Friday released almost 20,000 emails sent and received by Democratic National Committee staff members from January 2015 to May 2016 – leaving journalists scouring for information potentially damaging to the party.

John Locher / AP

The Republican National Convention ended last night, and the main event on the final evening was the speech by nominee Donald Trump. VPR's John Dillon has spent the week with the Vermont delegates at the RNC in Cleveland. Before flying home, Dillon spoke to Vermont Edition and shared reactions to Trump's speech.

It has been said that "to cleave" is the only verb in English that connotes one specific action and its direct opposite. To cleave sometimes means to hold together, and it can also mean to split apart.

That's why Cleveland was the perfect city to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Because this week, in this town, the GOP demonstrated both its persistent divisions and its instinct for overcoming them.

Mary Altaffer / AP

As Donald Trump takes the stage in Cleveland Thursday night to formally accept the Republican nomination for president, delegates from around New England will cheer for the candidate who has run largely on an anti-establishment platform.

John Dillon / VPR

For 32 Vermonters, it’s been a momentous few days at the Republican National Convention. They are the state’s delegates and alternates to the convention, and they bring a variety of backgrounds and levels of political experience to Cleveland.

Angela Evancie; J. Scott Applewhite / VPR/file; AP

New campaign filings in the race for U.S. Senate tell a tale of two war chests.

Sen. Patrick Leahy has more than $3 million to work with in his bid for reelection. Republican challenger Scott Milne meanwhile has all of $83. Milne, however, insists that his stark financial disadvantage will be his chief political strength.

Much of the focus is on the convention hall speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, but delegates are also hearing from party figures in more intimate, informal settings.

John Dillon / VPR

The Vermont Republican delegation cast their votes Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Thirteen of the 16-person delegation voted for Trump, one went for Ohio Gov. John Kasich and two voted for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

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