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From The Floor: A View Of The COnventions From Washington Delegates During the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, KPLU is keeping in contact with one delegate from each party. We've chosen people who represent the way our state chose its delegates.

On the Republican side, even though Donald Trump won the May primary, the majority of delegates selected by the state party actually back former candidate Ted Cruz. Democratic delegates, on the other hand, are supporting Bernie Sanders who won Washington’s Democratic caucuses back in March.

In addition to national coverage of the overall conventions from NPR News, we hope these two people offer you a view from Washington state's section on the convention floors.


Republican Convention

Cleveland, Ohio
July 18-21

Photo Of Jack Bell Jack Bell

Age: 18
Occupation: Student
Location: Olympia


A recent graduate of Olympia High School, Jack Bell plans to study politics and economics at Gonzaga University starting in the fall. Bell has always had an interest in politics, thanks to his grandparents and parents, but he jumped at the chance for a more hands-on role when he was finally allowed to vote. Bell is a former quarterback for Olympia High's football team, and spends his "downtime" watching the news. He says he hopes his participation inspires other millennials to learn more about the GOP.


Trump's Speech At RNC Satisfies Delegate Bell: 'He Absolutely Delivered'

Delegate Bell Disappointed In Cruz Speech At RNC; Says 'He Went Against His Word'

Delegate Bell: GOP Not Doing Enough To Court Millennials

Washington Delegate Bell Calls First Day Of RNC 'Incredible'

One Of The State's Youngest GOP Delegates Heads To National Convention



Democratic Convention

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 25-28

Photo of NhaTrang Nguyen Nhatrang Nguyen

Age: 25
Occupation: Teacher
Location: Seattle


Nguyen first saw Bernie Sanders when a high school teacher showed a video of him speaking to an empty Senate floor. She moved to Seattle recently, and got involved in the campaign to get to know people in her community. When she was a high school freshman in San Jose, Calif., she worked on a (successful) city council campaign.


At The End Of DNC, Delegate Nguyen Calls Experience 'Life Changing'

Delegate Nguyen Feeling Inspired Near The End Of DNC

Following Clinton's Nomination, Delegate Nguyen Says 'I Felt Like I Didn't Belong'

State Delegate Nguyen Says She Won't 'Settle' For Clinton Yet

Washington Delegate Among The Sanders Supporters Who Will Need Convincing By Clinton


Other News From The Convention Floor


Credits and Attribution

"US FLAG BACKLIT, 2009" BY JOSHUA NATHANSON IS LICENSED UNDER CC BY 2.0 TEXT AND COLOR WERE APPLIED