AUSTIN — Texas Democrats held their best-attended state convention in modern history Saturday, preaching unity ahead of a tough fall election but still grappling with leftover bitterness from the Obama-Clinton smackdown.
Much of Sen. Hillary Clinton's concession speech was piped into the convention after her supporters demanded it. Party officials had said earlier that the televised speech couldn't be squeezed into their tight schedule. But they reversed course and transmitted a grainy and sometimes faltering Internet feed of Clinton's late-morning address.
It seemed to have a therapeutic effect on delegates. Many Clinton delegates sported brand-new Obama buttons, and a preference tally showed the Illinois senator with 57.3 percent of the 7,300 delegates, compared with 42.7 for the former first lady, officials said.
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