A coalition of women's groups is pushing for an open Democratic convention this August -- insisting that the race is not yet over. Roughly half of the 1,666 delegates at the Democratic National Convention will be women -- the highest proportion in history. This gives women's interests new-found leverage. "They don't want to waste it," said Iris Mitgang, chairman of the National Women's Political Caucus.Skip to next paragraph
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An open convention would extend the clout of the women's groups if most of the female delegates voted as a bloc. "Women are going to be a significant force in determining the candidate of the convention," said Bella Abzug, a supporter of Sen. Edward Kennedy.