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Stacey Abrams, 16 Rising Stars to Keynote Democratic Meeting

  • Coveted speaking spot often reserved for one emerging leader
  • House members in tight re-election campaigns among the group
Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Seventeen rising Democratic stars will together give the keynote address at the party’s convention on Tuesday, the Democratic National Convention Committee said Sunday.

The keynote spot is generally given to one emerging leader in the party -- Barack Obama famously had the slot in 2004, when he was a U.S. Senate candidate from Illinois -- but with the virtual convention proceedings limited to two hours each day, officials decided to showcase more people.