Clinton makes history
HILLARY Clinton became the first woman in history to win the White House nomination of a major American political party on July 26, securing the backing of Democrats at their convention here.
The former first lady, senator and secretary of state took a monumental step on her quest to become the United States’ first female president, by besting party challenger Bernie Sanders.
After a tumultuous convention opening which saw Sanders and Clinton supporters trade jeers and chants, cheers erupted as Ms Clinton passed the 2382-delegate threshold needed for the nomination, setting up a showdown with Republican Donald Trump in November.
“History,” said a post on her Twitter account.
Although the outcome was virtually a foregone conclusion, the stateby-state vote saw rowdy displays on the convention floor.
After his delegates had been counted, Mr Sanders took the floor and, in a bid to unify the party, called for a vote by acclamation.
“I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States,” he said to deafening cheers and finally a chorus of “ayes”.
“It’s historic. I haven’t taken it all in yet,” Senator Tammy Baldwin said.
Ms Clinton’s nomination was formally put forward by Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, the longestserving woman in the history of the US Congress. Civil rights icon John Lewis, a congressman from Georgia, seconded the nomination.
The Clinton camp is now looking to unite the party’s factions.
The first day of the convention saw protests and a bitter fight over leaked emails that showed party bias against Mr Sanders. Frustration boiled over as his delegates jeered speakers who mentioned Ms Clinton. –
A delegate holds up a Hillary Clinton mask on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 26.