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Hillary Clinton ready to address convention tonight

Hillary Clinton ready to address convention tonight



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Unity will be the theme at the Democratic National Convention tonight as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage and tries to convince her supporters to get behind the nomination of Barack Obama.

Michelle Obama spoke last night, and Hillary will speak tonight. She'll delivers a prime-time address in which she's expected to urge her disappointed supporters to line up behind Barack Obama.

Clinton won more than 1,600 delegate votes during the primary contests and tonight is expected to release them, allowing them to back Obama. Utah Democrats who support Sen. Clinton say they'll now pull behind Obama. Delegate Connie Nielsen is among them. "I will support the Democratic choice," she said. "There will be no waffling as to who I support in the general election."

But some say they will not do so, which has many worried the party will appear divided. "There's 11 percent of voters in this election who are willing to vote for her and not for Barack Obama, and the more that she is able to make an appeal at this convention to those voters, to convince them to vote for Obama, that's huge," Neil Newhouse with Public Opinion Strategies said.

Nielsen now hopes Clinton will stay in the Senate as part of the majority leadership.

Former President Bill Clinton will speak tomorrow night.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

(The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Marc Giauque In Denver

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