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By Jonathan Allen and John Whitesides PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders drowned out the opening proceedings with competing cheers and chants on Monday as discord enveloped the first day of the Democratic convention to nominate Clinton for president. Speakers in the convention's first hour struggled to carry out business as angry Sanders supporters repeatedly booed and chanted, drawing a reaction from Clinton delegates that created a deafening roar. "We're all Democrats and we need to act like it," U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge, the convention's chairwoman, shouted over the uproar.
The Democratic convention opened to chaotic scenes Monday, as rival supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders traded boos and jeers in a very public show of party disunity. As polls showed Republican Donald Trump leading the race for the White House, Democrats meeting in Philadelphia to make Clinton the first woman presidential nominee from a major party were in disarray. Sanders' supporters booed as a pastor leading the invocation prayer mentioned Clinton's name, setting the stage for a raucous chorus of cheers and jeers as successive speakers took to the podium.