Democrats left their presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia Thursday night remarkably unified given the tensions at the start of the week, in sharp contrast to the Republicans a week earlier.
If history is any guide, the more unified party has an advantage in the autumn election. This is a year, however, that has defied a lot of history.
The coming together was evident on the convention floor, even in delegations from California, Colorado, Wisconsin and Virginia that started off deeply split.
By Wednesday night, most of the Bernie Sanders delegates from Wisconsin, where the Vermont senator won a decisive primary victory, were seated next to supporters of the nominee, Hillary Clinton. "We will have some hiccups, but everyone will be there by November," predicted David Bowen, a Sanders backer who is vice chair of the party and a state legislator.