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First-time Wisconsin delegates prepare to watch DNC from home

Posted at 6:18 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 19:18:06-04

WISCONSIN — It's not the convention they'd hoped for, as some first-time delegates from Wisconsin won't even need to leave their couch to participate in the Democratic National Convention next week.

Like everyone else, delegates from Wisconsin will be watching at home.

Corinne Rosen is all set up to watch in her office at home in Milwaukee, even though the convention is technically taking place blocks away at the Wisconsin Center.

She wasn't going to let concerns about the coronavirus stop her from taking part as a delegate.

"I still wanted to be part of it," Rosen said. "Really for me, it’s not going to the convention, it's about organizing for the next four years."

Rosen said she's sad she can't network with other delegates in person, but she's excited to see plenty of caucuses and speeches throughout the week.

Not only are delegates watching online, but they're also casting their votes online.

Rosen voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) because that's who she supported when she became a delegate in June.

Susan Sheldon also voted for Sanders. Sheldon is a first-time delegate from Burlington.

Sheldon said she's planning on tuning in at 8 a.m. each day to take part in the Wisconsin Delegate Breakfast, as well as other caucuses and speeches. She said she's gotten to know some other delegates already, which she thinks in part is because of all the changes.

"Because it was virtual they were able to bring us all in through the whole process, and that was amazing," Sheldon said.

Meanwhile, Trevor Jung is a 24-year-old delegate from Racine, and he's been a fan of former Vice President Joe Biden since he was 12. He said he was so looking forward to seeing Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in person.

"I would have been elated obviously to be around other people and celebrate the significance of that running mate," Jung said.

Jung says he's still very excited despite the circumstances.

"It's just going to be a different experience, we still have to do our homework," Jung said.

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