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Make conventions great again! The best, wackiest ways states introduce themselves

Members of the Washington state delegation take dignified part in the Roll Call of States during last week's Republican National Convention. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Day Two of the Democratic National Convention will see delegates formally nominate their party’s presidential candidate. It should be hands-down one of the best things to watch, and not just because, if all goes as expected, Hillary Clinton will become the first major party female nominee for president (Although that’s a very big deal. Just as the Republicans nominating Donald Trump  as their candidate last week was also a very big deal. Keep those angry emails at bay, folks!)

No, it’s because of how the candidates are nominated. AKA, the Roll Call of States. Like beauty pageant contestants who totter onstage in ridiculous outfits representative of their  state  (“Miss Vermont, home of maple syrup!” while dressed as a flapjack, etc.), the state delegations at conventions try to make the most of their moment in the sun.

(Or, in Maine’s case last week, their several moments. Before giving it up for Trump, Maine’s spokesperson name checked seemingly every every person in the state, then rather hilariously assured anyone who was concerned this was a problem that it was “leading the way to make New England great again.”)

Not every state can hope to have the finger-tingling moment that occurred when the New York's delegation's spokesperson, Donald Trump Jr., cast the votes that put his father over the top.

Still, some other states more than held their own. As we eagerly await tonight’s Roll Call of States, here are some standouts from last week’s GOP gathering

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Jill Vejnoska has spent two decades as a news and features reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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