By PETER BAKER
WASHINGTON — Just hours before the Democratic National Convention was gaveled open on Monday, several party leaders sat down with the delegation from Georgia. But for these Georgians, the term “battleground state” had an altogether grimmer meaning.
They came from the small former Soviet republic that fought a brief and disastrous war with Russia this month, and they were in Denver to plead their case to representatives, senators, delegates and any other political figures they could buttonhole.
A competing set of envoys from Moscow likewise made the rounds at the Democratic gathering, hoping to repair some of the damage to American-Russian ties. The Georgian and Russian governments plan to send representatives to the Republican convention in Minnesota next week as well.