Hillary Makes History! Clinton Becomes First Female Major Party Nominee for President

They're all with her

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They’re all with her.

Hillary Clinton made history on Tuesday when she was officially named the first female major party nominee for president at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Following the roll-call vote, where each state was called – in alphabetical order – to allocate their votes, Clinton formally secured her place on the party ticket.

“She is one of the most qualified candidates to ever run for president,” said Georgia Rep. John Lewis in his nomination speech. He added, “She will fight for us all with her heart, her soul, her mind.”

State by state, delegation leaders read off their votes with loud, proud flourish. But when it came to Ohio, the microphone was turned over to the soft-spoken Jim Obergefell, the Cincinnati realtor whose name is on the landmark 2015 Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges, that made marriage equality the law of the land.

“This Ohio boy helped love win last summer,” Obergefell told the convention before Ohio cast its votes. “And this Ohio boy knows that love trumps hate.”

With South Dakota’s delegates, Clinton easily surpassed the 2,382 needed to clinch the nomination.

Clinton didn’t ascend the Democratic National Convention stage without a fight, though.

Although Bernie Sanders is standing with Clinton, his delegates have seemed increasingly less inclined to do the same in the wake of the recent DNC email leak.

The names of both Sanders and Clinton were in consideration at the convention. Ahead of the roll call, convention attendees were heard chanting Sanders’ name and throughout the process, many could be seen holding signs in support of the senator. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley even said he was “Feeling the Bern,” while casting 38 votes for Sanders.

At Vermont’s turn, the state passed to the Virgin Islands, instead casting their votes last with the help of Sanders.

In a show of party unity, Sanders moved that Clinton be nominated by acclamation, asking to suspend the rules.

“I move that all votes cast by delegates be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States,” the Vermont senator said.

The crowd voted Aye, in a unifying climax.

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Sanders spoke in support of Clinton on the convention’s first night – despite receiving boos earlier in the day over his support of the former secretary of state.

Said Sanders, “While Donald Trump is busy insulting one group after another, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest traits.”

Clinton will formally accept the Democratic nomination on Thursday night, closing the convention.

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