PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton officially received the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency Tuesday evening.
Clinton is now the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party.
Vermont’s delegation voted last, joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders. “I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States,” Sanders said, as the crowd erupted into cheers and waved multicolored “Hillary” signs. A rendition of the song “Happy” began playing as delegates swayed.
The roll call went smoothly and with few signs of protest, as the party appeared to unify after a fractious start to the convention Monday.
Delegates and speakers backing Clinton stressed the historic nature of her nomination. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right, announced Clinton’s name for nomination “on behalf of all the women who have broken down barriers for others.”
“The Democratic Party nominated and elected the first person of color to have ever served in the White House,” said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who seconded Clinton’s nomination. “Tonight, we will shatter that glass ceiling again.”
Clinton’s childhood friend Betsy Ebeling spoke as she cast Illinois’ votes for Clinton, calling it a “historic, wonderful day.”
“This one’s for you, Hill,” she said.
Jerry Emmett, a 102-year-old delegate from Arizona who was born before women had the right to vote in this country, announced her state’s votes for Clinton as the crowd cheered.
There were a few signs of protest from Sanders supporters, but far less than Monday, when they interrupted speakers with boos and chants. A few Sanders delegates walked out ahead of the final roll call, and a delegate held up a sign that said “Rigged,” as Nevada cast its votes.
In nominating speeches, Sanders supporters urged his delegates to keep his movement going. “To my brothers and sisters who have been a part of this historic campaign, I urge you to stay engaged, stay active, stay fired up,” said Paul Feeney, a Sanders supporter who leads the IBEW union in New York. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who nominated Sanders, said the movement was about “love” and would continue on.
In an emotional speech, Sanders’ brother, Larry Sanders, also teared up as he placed his vote in for his brother from the Democrats abroad delegation. Sanders appeared to also tear up as his brother said their parents would be proud of him.