History made: Clinton 1st woman of major party nominated for American president

Published 07/26 2016 05:51PM

Updated 07/26 2016 06:17PM

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A historic moment in Philadelphia - and for the United States.

Hillary Clinton is the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. That first has just come at the Democratic National Convention.

The former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady wants to be the first female president in U.S. history - and to do that, she'll have to beat Republican Donald Trump in the general election in November.

Clinton won the convention votes needed to capture the Democratic presidential nomination.  She needed 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination.

The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state had faced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in a tough primary fight for the nomination. Sanders' campaign manager watched the final votes alongside Hillary Clinton's team.

When Clinton hit the magic number clinching the nomination, Jeff Weaver joined Clinton's staff in their box.

He gave a big hugs to top Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Jen Palmieri and sat with the team as the remaining states cast their votes. That's according to a campaign worker.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook cheered and embraced other top staff as the final tally was announced.

Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination after Sanders asked delegates at the party's national convention to nominate her by acclamation.

It was a dramatic end to the roll call of states.

Sanders told the convention that he wanted the procedural rules to be suspended and that Clinton be selected as the party's nominee.

And that's what happened. And that's how Clinton was declared the nominee.

This one's for posterity purposes.

Here's what Bernie Sanders said at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday to bring the party's presidential race to a close and formally nominate Hillary Clinton:

"Madam chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules. I move that all votes, 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."

"Very emotional."

That's how Brian Pine, a Bernie Sanders delegate from Vermont, describes the feeling he had watching Sanders make his call at the Democratic National Convention for Hillary Clinton's nomination.

Pine says the Vermont senator's supporters must accept the gains they've made in the party platform and now move on to support Clinton against Republican Donald Trump.

Pine puts it this way: "In so many ways we've won, but the primary's over and we came up short in the end," he said.

He says Sanders' supporters will need time to heal, but should consider the dark reality of a potential Trump presidency.

Moments after Hillary Clinton officially won the Democratic nomination for president, a large group of Bernie Sanders' supporters left the convention hall in Philadelphia to hold a sit-in protest at a nearby tent for journalists.

Some supporters had their mouths taped shut. A few others sang "This Land is Your Land" and held a banner that read, "We The People."

They say they're holding a peaceful protest to complain about being shut out by the Democratic Party.

One protester is 64-year-old Talat Khan, of San Bernardino, California.

He says: "It's for the betterment of our children and the future of our children."

Former President Bill Clinton is honoring his wife Hillary Clinton as she becomes the first woman in the United States to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

The former president writes on Twitter, "So proud of you, Hillary. #DemsInPhilly"

Bill Clinton is headlining Tuesday's night's convention with an address to delegates.

Former President Jimmy Carter says Hillary Clinton has his support - and he tells delegates at the Democratic National Convention - "I know she will also have yours."

Carter's message cane in a video address to delegates.

The former president says these are "perilous times" and the nation needs someone with a "strong heart," a deep understanding of issues and a "steady hand."

Carter also thanked Bernie Sanders for energizing young people and bringing them into the political process.

 

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