Hillary Clinton declared as Democratic Party’s presidential nominee
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday (July 26), becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history.
Clinton will now face Republican candidate Donald Trump in the national election on November 8th.
In a symbolic show of party unity, Clinton’s former rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, told the chairwoman from the convention floor that Clinton should be selected as the party’s nominee at the dramatic climax of a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
After a tough battle with Sanders during the state nominating contests, Clinton is now the party’s standard-bearer against Republican nominee Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election.
During the roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania states read out their delegate allocation to the two candidates.
South Dakota gave Clinton 15 votes, formally ensuring that she had more than the 2,383 votes needed to win the nomination. She emerged with a total of 2,842 votes to Sanders’ 1,865.
Sanders’ older brother, Larry Sanders, made an emotional speech as he cast a vote for Democrats Abroad for Bernie.
“They loved the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt and would be especially proud that Bernard is renewing that vision. It is with enormous pride that I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders,” he said.
In nominating Clinton, delegate after delegate made the point that the selection of a woman was a milestone in America’s 240-year-old history. U.S. women got the right to vote in 1920 after ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.