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

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The delegates from Washington cast their votes for President of the United States during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday by officially being nominated as the first female Democratic presidential candidate at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia. The delegates from each of the states took part in a roll call vote to make it official.

After the vote was taken, many of the supporters for former candidate Bernie Sanders walked out of the convention hall. Washington state delegate Trang Nguyen was among them. Nguyen explains that she is still struggling with the idea of backing Clinton. 

"I find it very, very difficult to fall in line. There are certain things that are very, very important to me that she hasn't addressed, such as a carbon tax and banning fracking," she said. "To be honest, I felt like I didn't belong there at the DNC after she was nominated."

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Trang Nguyen with fellow Bernie Sanders supporter Killer Mike at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Killer Mike is a hip-hop artist and activist from Atlanta, Ga.

Nguyen says she was elected to represent Bernie Sanders and the 73 percent of Washington voters who supported him during the state's Democratic caucuses in March. But while she is devoted to Sanders and his causes, she says she's not being stubborn.

"I feel like there's still time between now and November for Secretary Clinton to persuade a lot of Bernie Sanders supporters to join her team. So I don't have an exact answer for you right now. I wish I did," Nguyen said. "I'm still experiencing a lot of conflict and hopefully I will know more ... in the next day or two. But I will be waiting."

She says she'll be meeting with the Sanders delegation Wednesday to discuss what is next for them in what Nguyen is calling a "political revolution."

This is part of KPLU's ongoing election series "From the Floor," focused on the Washington delegation at each of the party's national conventions.

Ed Ronco came to KNKX in October 2013 as producer and reporter for KNKX’s Morning Edition. Ed started in public radio in 2009 at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he covered everything from city government, to education, crime, science, the arts and more. Prior to public radio, Ed worked in newspapers, including four years at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, where he covered business, then politics and government.
Ariel first entered a public radio newsroom in 2004 while in school at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. It was love at first sight. After graduating from Bradley, she went on to earn a Master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Ariel has lived in Indiana, Ohio and Alaska reporting on everything from salmon spawning to policy issues concerning education. She's been a host, a manager and now rides shotgun with Kirsten Kendrick as the Morning Edition producer at KNKX.
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