‘The calamari comeback state’: Rhode Island wins DNC roll call with tasty appetizer

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WASHINGTON (WPRI) — Rhode Island made a lot of people hungry at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) Tuesday night.

As Joe Biden is officially nominated as the party’s presidential candidate, he thanked the delegates after the first ever virtual roll call of the states.

The roll call included 57 states and territories, and each was on camera for up to 30 seconds to report their delegate votes for the nominee.

Even though there was a short time to make an impact, Rhode Island caught the eye of everyone sparking an outroar on social media.

“The calamari comeback state of Rhode Island casts one vote for Bernie Sanders, and 34 votes for the next President, Joe Biden,” R.I. Democratic Party Chairman Joseph McNamara, a longtime Warwick state representative, said with a perfect plate of the tasty appetizer next to him.

The plate of calamari was held by the executive chef of Iggy’s Boardwalk.

McNamara used his time on camera to discuss Rhode Island’s fishing industry and praised Gov. Gina Raimondo for her efforts to keep it afloat during the pandemic.

During the peak of the virus, prices dropped, and fishermen had a hard time selling what they caught.

McNamara declared calamari the official appetizer of the state, pointing out it’s available in every state in the union.

The DNC mailed the equipment used to record each state’s 30 second video. McNamara tells the Providence Journal that it took him 20 takes to get everything he wanted in that time frame.

Social media had a field day with Rhode Island’s unique approach to its nomination video, and even late-night comedians took notice.

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