Hillary Clinton Has Officially Made History

She became 1st woman nominated for president by major party on Tuesday
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2016 6:10 PM CDT
Updated Jul 26, 2016 6:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – As she did in the primary, Hillary Clinton got all the delegates she needed during Tuesday's roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to officially became the Democratic nominee for president, ABC News reports. It's the first time a woman has been the presidential nominee of a major US political party. According to the AP, Bernie Sanders asked Democrats to nominate Clinton by acclamation in a show of party unity. "I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States," Sanders said, asking that all votes cast for him be moved to Clinton. Clinton did the same for Obama in 2008. Despite Sanders' unequivocal support for Clinton, the nomination caused a number of his backers to walk out in protest, the New York Times reports.

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There were moving moments for supporters of both candidates during the state roll call. Sanders appeared to tear up when his older brother, Larry Sanders, announced the vote totals for Democrats Abroad and spoke of their parents. "They did not have easy lives and they died young," Politico quotes Larry Sanders as saying. "They would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments. They loved him." On the other side, a 102-year-old woman born before women were even allowed to vote enthusiastically announced Arizona's vote total, giving the state to Clinton. “I never thought I’d see a woman in a presidential election," Jerry Emmett told the Arizona Republic. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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