For all the excitement and optimism the Ohio delegation in Denver feels, there is also a touch of sadness.

Everyone in the Ohio delegation had expected to see one of their superdelegates, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Cleveland here in Denver this week - one of Hillary Clinton's most high-profile surrogates during the primary season; and one who was ready to go to work for Barack Obama.

But the 58-year-old congresswoman from Cleveland died unexpectedly last week.  Monday morning, at the first official meeting of the ohio delegation - a breakfast in the Curtis Hotel - the loss was felt deeply.

Both of the principal speakers Monday morning - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and state treasurer Rich Cordray, now the party's candidate for Ohio attorney general - spent much of their time on the podium talking about their fond memories and admiration for the congresswoman.

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