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
I was surprised at how much Michelle Obama's speech resonated with me
"Obama's speech was truly inspiring.
Lives: Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Student and administrative assistant
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In 10 words or less: Compassionate, spontaneous, opinionated, patient, idealistic, Christian, loving, frank, objective
He was right to say we all have a personal, moral responsibility to take care of each other. As the Bible says, we should 'love our neighbours as ourselves'.
I really liked the way Obama defended himself against John McCain's attempt to paint him as a celebrity.
I was expecting some clear policy outlines from the rest of the convention. I grew a little weary of speeches encouraging us to vote for change without concrete policies.
I was surprised at how much Michelle Obama's speech resonated with me. She did an excellent job at presenting us with a very real picture of Barack Obama.
Hillary Clinton also did an excellent job. She delivered a strong speech encouraging both unity of mind and of action. Hopefully those die-hard Hillary supporters will now turn to the goal of winning back the White House.
I can't say that I care for Joe Biden too much. I didn't really connect with his speech on Wednesday - which revolved mostly around attacking John McCain.
I am excited about this historic election - but I also want it to be over.
I hate the way that both parties resort to mud-slinging campaign ads, rather than talking about how to fix the country's problems.
If you are a Hillary supporter considering either voting for McCain or not voting at all, I challenge you to re-evaluate your views. Obama and Clinton share pretty much the same political outlook."
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