- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Thursday was the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and the focus of the Washington delegation was on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Clinton was scheduled to speak Thursday night, and was expected to discuss how to boost the economy, improve national security and unite a divided nation. She will aim to strike a stark contrast with Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Washington state delegate Jim CastroLang, a Sanders supporter, said President Obama’s speech on Wednesday night showed how the parties differ.

“He shook the house last night, but more significantly Obama is a calming centering leader in a time of great unrest,” CastroLang said Thursday. “In contrast to the dark Republican message, Democrats have become the party of light, the party of hope.”

Washington State Rep. Noel Frame, D-Seattle, a Sanders delegate, praised Obama’s speech as well.



“Not everything has been unified at this convention, but we were absolutely unified in that convention hall,” she said.

Washington state’s Yvette Joseph, a Clinton supporter from Spokane, said most of the Sanders delegates who dominate the Washington delegation appear to be coming around to supporting Clinton.

“The Bernie or Bust folks are a little harder to impress,” Joseph wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday. “It’s to their misfortune, if Hillary loses, and the remainder of us will suffer even more.”

Some Sanders supporters were skeptical of the grand promises made on the nominee’s behalf at the convention.

“Every day we listen to eight hours’ worth of speeches advertising and endorsing Hillary Clinton,” said Sanders delegate Ava Sharifi. “I believe she will now be held to unreal standards.”

Frame said she believes some voters still hold female politicians to different standards than their male counterparts.

“Hillary is judged by some because of her voice, the clothes she wears. She is criticized for her laugh,” Frame said Thursday. “The American public has an image in their head of what a politician should look like - it’s a white man in a suit. We look a little different from what people expect.”

But some Sanders delegates don’t have much sympathy for Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton should be judged by her record, her history, and her policies, the same as everyone else,” said Sandra Williams, a Sanders delegate from Spokane. “She should not get a pass because of her gender or have every criticism blamed on sexism. It’s a double standard.”

Meanwhile, the breakfast speakers for the Washington delegation Thursday were Michael Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor who ran for president in 1988, and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio.

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