Democrats searching for unity as Clinton locks up nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are coalescing around Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and looking to reunite the party through a carefully orchestrated plan aimed at nudging rival Bernie Sanders aside.

President Barack Obama’s endorsement of Clinton headlined a day of unity for Democrats Thursday as the party prepares for Republican Donald Trump. Amid the message of harmony, Sanders crisscrossed the nation’s capital and received praise in meetings with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Democratic leaders.

At his campaign rally outside RFK Stadium, Sanders didn’t mention Clinton and didn’t repeat his calls to persuade superdelegates to support him. Nor did he talk about plans for a contested convention in Philadelphia.

Democrats are wary that divisions that emerged between Clinton and Sanders during the primaries might spill out during next month’s Democratic National Convention.

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