Barack Obama has accepted the Democratic Party's nomination to run for US president.
Here eight Democratic voters reflect on the party's convention and look forward to the general election.
Student | Democrat
The Democrats tried so hard to unite everyone
"Obama's speech made up for the slightly lacklustre tone of the past few days
Lives: Chelsea, Michigan
Last election voted:
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In 10 words or less: Honest, diplomatic, open to debate
It was powerful, it was elegant and it was very Obama.
While I disagreed with Obama's remarks on respecting McCain's time in the military, it was balanced with some great jabs at Republican policies.
Hillary's speech was positive enough, but I couldn't shake the feeling that she was still angling for a future bid for the presidency.
I laughed when they started to play "Love Train" after Hillary nominated Obama. That wasn't exactly a dignified choice of song, and seemed a little ironic.
The Democrats tried so hard to unite everyone around the nominee but at times the message sounded almost desperate.
It reminded me of the Monty Python sketch where the pet shop owner is trying to assure a customer that the parrot is not dead despite evidence to the contrary.
The feel of the convention was not that different from the standard Democratic rhetoric of past years. With a candidate committed to 'change', shouldn't the convention have been something a little different?
But the Democrats seem to have done well enough to deliver a clear message up until November.
Let's hope they can keep ahead of McCain and the Republicans until then."
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