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Virginia is playing a big role in this year's Democratic National Convention, which got underway today in Philadelphia. 

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There are 108 delegates and alternates from the Virginia Democratic party attending the National Convention in Philly this week. Along with the delegates there are committee members, pages, and volunteers.

95 of the Virginia delegation are committed to the results of the primary election. As a result, 62 are committed to Clinton and 33 to Sanders in the first round of voting. The remaining 13 are uncommitted.

We will have reports from the convention throughout the week.


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