Final, historic day of DNC brings mixed emotions for Indiana delegation gathered in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA – For Indiana’s Bernie Sanders supporters, Thursday morning ended with a sense of sadness and jolt of reality.

“I have a sense of disappointment that he couldn’t make it,” Sue Spicer said, an Indiana delegate. “But I understand.”

Hoosier delegates were abuzz knowing Sanders was trying to stop by the delegation’s morning breakfast. But scheduling conflicts prevailed as this chapter of the 2016 Democratic National Convention comes to a close.

“They know we have nominated Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine,” John Zody said, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party.

The four day convention has led to Thursday night’s finale, Hillary Clinton, the first woman accepting a party’s nomination for president.

“I have been a political advocate most of my life,” Cordelia Lewis-Burks said. “And the adrenaline I felt last night will be three-fold if not more tonight when she makes her speech and accepts the nomination.”

Clinton supporter Lewis-Burks stood alongside Christian Persson Thursday, an Indiana Sanders supporter, united they said in a shared mission.

That symbolism is what party leaders worked to achieve all week, although the final verdict may not be known for weeks or even months.

“I’m hopeful,” Persson said. “I’m hopeful we’re headed in the right direction.”

Some Indiana Sanders supporters gave up their tickets Thursday to other Democrats who were seeking a front-row view of their party’s nominee.

“Fill the house with love,” Spicer said. “And adoration that our presidential nominee for the Democratic party deserves.”