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Local delegates react to news that DNC chair will resign

After emails critical of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sent by the Democratic National Committee were leaked, Democratic delegates remained hopeful the party could unify in Philadelphia.

Ohio Democratic Party Vice Chair Rhine McLin said all Democrats need to rally behind the presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

“Ohio is important to the road to the White House,” said McLin, who was mayor of Dayton from 2002-10. “The key issue is that Democrats unify to win the election in November.”

Sanders supporters were all across downtown Philadelphia on Sunday, many of them calling for Democratic National Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign after the emails leaked. Sanders told ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday, “I’m not shocked, but I am disappointed.” Sanders himself called for her resignation.

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David Sparks, an alternate delegate for Sanders from Clayton, earlier Sunday said Wasserman Schultz should resign. By early evening, she did. Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, D-Cleveland, will take over Schultz’ public role at the convention.

Sparks thinks the party can unify despite the long race between Sanders and Clinton.

“I think the party can come together if we work to unify as the party that truly represents the interests of the middle class and the poor,” Sparks said.

Ohio is not on the floor, but has good seats

The Ohio Democratic delegation in Philadelphia will have a better view of the stage than Ohio Republicans did in Cleveland last week.

Ohio Republicans were seated right next to the stage, but behind the podium at the Republican National Convention. Ohio Democrats have a better view of the stage, but are farther away and not on the floor. News Center 7’s Jim Otte was in the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday scoping out the logistics and said that the floor is mostly taken up with delegates from Hillary Clinton’s three home states - Illinois, where she was born, Arkansas, where she was first lady, and New York, where she lives. Also on the floor is Virginia, home to presumptive vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine.

California delegate with norovirus was in arena for RNC in Clevleand

A California delegate who attended the Republican National Convention was diagnosed with the norovirus Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The delegate was inside Quicken Loans arena Thursday when Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination, the newspaper reported Sunday.

The delegate and 15 staffers who stayed at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky were infected with the highly contagious stomach bug, according to the LA Times.

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