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Iowa Democrats gather for convention in Des Moines

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Unless there is a major change in the way national superdelegates vote, Hillary Clinton has all but assured herself a place as the Democratic Party’s nominee when the general election comes in November.

On Saturday, Iowa Democrats gathered in Des Moines for their convention with one goal in mind: Unify the party under Hillary Clinton.

“Primaries can be tough, they divide your house, but ultimately you come out stronger on the other end. You look at what`s happening on the other side with Donald Trump and the Republicans, they`re not uniting, they are divided. They understand how dangerous he is as a candidate and his rhetoric is and they`re running in the other direction,” said Jim Mowrer, who is running for Iowa’s third congressional district.

Party leaders feel that time and the threat of a Trump administration will bring Sanders supporters on board.

“It takes a while for us to realize what`s best; but when you look at Donald Trump and you look at what the Republicans are saying, the hateful divisive rhetoric that`s coming out of that party and out of Donald Trump, we really have to come together and unify, and I think that`s what`s going to unify and help bring us all together,” said the Iowa Democratic Party’s chairwoman, Dr. Andy McGuire.

Clinton supporters are aware of Gary Johnson, a third party candidate that has been threatening to steal Sanders supporters who refuse to vote for Clinton, but aren't too concerned.

“I think that yes you can introduce a third party candidate into it, but when it comes down to it people kind of understand that voting for a third party person and you`re not voting for Hillary than that kind of ends up being a vote for Donald Trump,” said Clinton supporter Nick Glynn.

For some Sanders supporters, though, it's more than just putting a Democrat in the White House.

“I think it`s about more than party unity. I think it`s about this country and the people of this country as a whole. I think there is a lot of work to do, but I think at the end of the day we all have the same goals,” said Sanders supporter Linda Delaughter.

Clinton supporters say that aside from just being the alternative to a Trump administration, the Clinton campaign needs to do a much better job securing the youth vote than they did in the primaries.

Information in this article was provided by Ben Oldach of WHOTV

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