The Democrats had their roll call of the states, and Hillary Clinton was formally chosen as the party’s nominee for president. She is the first woman to achieve this distinction.
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party on a historic night that her campaign is hoping will reintroduce her to voters still deeply skeptical of her candidacy.
During the roll call of states at the Democratic National Convention, Clinton secured the 2,383 delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination when the South Dakota delegation cast its votes.
In a bid to show party unity, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the runner-up for the nomination, appeared on the convention floor at the end of the process and made a motion to suspend the rules and declare Clinton the nominee by acclamation.
“I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States,” Sanders said, prompting the hall to erupt in applause.
And with the motion seconded, a loud roar of aye’s arose, making her the nominee at 6:56 p.m. Eastern time.