Democrats’ angst grows ahead of DNC 2016

Bernie Sanders supporters gather for Philly Awakening, an event they described as a "political Woodstock", two days before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 23, 2016. Hillary Clinton campaigned alongside her running mate on Saturday, introducing Sen. Tim Kaine as a “progressive who likes to get things done.” (Mark Makela/The New York Times)

Bernie Sanders supporters gather for Philly Awakening, an event they described as a “political Woodstock”, two days before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 23, 2016. Hillary Clinton campaigned alongside her running mate on Saturday, introducing Sen. Tim Kaine as a “progressive who likes to get things done.” (Mark Makela/The New York Times)

Democrats’ hopes for a friction-free national convention seem to fall by the minute.

We told you in today’s print and premium editions that other than some typical Democratic fussing and arguing, most of Georgia’s delegates to the Philadelphia convention that begins Monday expected a smooth experience.

Or at least smoother than what we witnessed in Cleveland last week at the Republican National Convention.

But that was before a number of Bernie Sanders’ supporters began to complain — some loudly — about presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton’s decision to choose Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential nominee.

Things became worse as hacked emails revealed that a Democratic National Committee official questioned Sanders’ heritage and that the national party was not keen on Sanders’ continued campaign.

We’ll have more on this as the day develops (i.e., once we land in Philly this afternoon).

Follow The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s political team as it reports this week from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Stay on top of the developments by following our special convention page athttp://www.myajc.com/2016-democratic-convention/. You can also follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GAPoliticsNews or on Facebook athttps://facebook.com/gapoliticsnewsnow. To see our coverage of last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, go tohttp://www.myajc.com/2016-republican-convention/.


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