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July 26, 2016

Recap: Day One at the Democratic National Convention

Here's the lowdown on what happened as the Democrats opened their convention

Pleas for unity, boos of derision and (the latest) unraveling email scandal marked the opening of the Democratic National Convention on Monday.

A range of speakers, from Hillary Clinton loyalists to Bernie Sanders himself, called for the Democratic Party to unite behind Clinton. But their urgings came as thousands of Sanders supporters demonstrated throughout the city.

Here's a recap of the conventions first day's most noteworthy moments.

Email scandal engulfs Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz planned to formally open the convention Monday – despite her resignation as Democratic National Committee chairwoman after hacked emails revealed the party had favored Clinton over Sanders. But after being booed during the Florida delegation's breakfast, Wasserman Schultz ceded that role to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Read more here.

Protesters consume Philadelphia

Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters marched through Center City Monday, with some beginning their journey by crossing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Many of them ultimately ended in South Philly, where they blocked the convention entrance routes for both delegates and media. Meanwhile, another group carried a 51-foot marijuana joint through Center City. 

Bernie Sanders supporters resort to booing

Bernie Sanders was booed by many of his own supporters when he urged them to support Hillary Clinton during a private meeting Monday afternoon. They later erupted into chants of "Bernie" and booed the first few mentions of Hillary Clinton's name during events held at the Wells Fargo Center. But few boos could be heard when Sanders capped the night with a speech that again explicitly endorsed Clinton. Read more here.

Torrential rain follows sweltering heat

The convention kicked off amidst oppressive heat and humidity, with meteorologists saying the heat index made it feel like 105 degrees. Demonstrators persisted despite the extreme heat, but torrential rain and a flood warning sent many toward the train. Read more here

Michelle Obama electrifies Wells Fargo Center

First lady Michelle Obama touted Hillary Clinton as the only presidential candidate capable of following her husband, stressing Clinton's ability to serve as a role model for children. She also made several jabs at Donald Trump — but never mentioned the Republican's name. Read more here

Sanders caps keynote speeches with call for unity

Bernie Sanders concluded the evening by urging his supporters to unite behind Hillary Clinton. In a speech that drew rousing ovations, Sanders acknowledged his excitement at hearing his official delegate tally Tuesday. But he emphatically endorsed Clinton, telling his supporters they cannot afford to "sit it out." Read more here

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