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12 August 2008

Georgian In Democrats' YouTube Contest Surprised At Being Named A Finalist

Nearly a week after finding out that her video was one of five selected in the Democratic National Convention/YouTube "Why are you a Democrat in 2008?" contest, 18 year old Lithonia resident Morgan Harper is still surprised that her video got picked.

"It's kinda surprising," Harper said. "When I first got the message on YouTube, I thought it was a generic message. Then I read it and ran downstairs and told my sisters and my parents. Everyone was really excited."

Back in July, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) launched a national online video contest with YouTube asking Americans to answer the question, "Why are you a Democrat in 2008?"

In Morgan's video, she describes her experience as a first time voter in the February 5th Democratic primary.

"I turned 18 the day before the primary," Harper said. "And the guy who took my information [at the polls] was excited to see me voting saying that it was nice to see young people involved."

Morgan Harper said she cast her vote for Barack Obama.

When asked if she planned on volunteering with the Obama campaign in the fall, Morgan said that she's been really considering it but hadn't signed up for anything yet.

From now until 12noon on August 13th, YouTube users can log on to and vote for Morgan's video.

The finalist that receives the most votes will see their video played before thousands of delegates, elected officials and other guests at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

The winner of the "Why are you a Democrat in 2008?" will also attend the Democratic Convention and be sent on the campaign trail for a day, where as a member of the traveling press pool, they will record a video documenting the daily activities of the Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama.

Morgan Harper is currently a third-year student at Atlanta Christian College where she is majoring in English. She says that she's also a musician and at the time of the interview, was in Florida auditioning for the new season of American Idol.