Hillary Clinton makes history as she is formally named Democratic presidential candidate

Hillary Clinton Formally Nominated As Democratic Presidential Nominee
Hillary Clinton Formally Nominated As Democratic Presidential Nominee

Hillary Clinton cemented her place in history amid a tense Democratic convention in Philadelphia Tuesday when delegates formally made her the nation's first female presidential nominee for a major political party during a roll call vote.

The delegation from South Dakota cast the history-making votes that pushed Clinton over the 2,383 delegate threshold she needed to become the nominee.

While there were some protesting Clinton's nomination, the delegates in the hall were significantly less boisterous than they were on Monday, when supporters of Bernie Sanders repeatedly broke out in protest cheers and occasionally some boos when Clinton's name was discussed.

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Sanders took the helm at the end of the roll call after Clinton had crossed the threshold, as he officially moved for Clinton to be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party.

The roll call vote was a departure from the 2008 nominating convention, where Clinton moved to waive the public roll call and allow her former rival Barack Obama to be nominated by a voice vote. Tuesday night's vote gave dismayed Sanders supporters an opportunity to publicly voice their support for the candidate.

The proceedings began with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard giving an impassioned speech on Sanders' behalf, formally nominating him for president and championing the progressive movement he sparked.

"This movement of love and compassion is bigger than anyone of us," she declared.

Trailblazers Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who made Senate history, and civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis helped formally place Clinton's name into the nomination process. Their speeches included passionate testaments both to Clinton and to the historic role she plays as the first female Democratic nominee for president -- and potentially first to serve in the Oval Office.

Mikulski also focused on Clinton's intense work ethic.

"Some people want to rant. Hillary wants to get results," the senator said. "She'll work hard for you. She'll fight for your day-to-day needs and the long-range needs of the country. She'll fight for the macro issues and the macaroni and cheese issues. So you'll have national security and economic security. So you will have an opportunity to have a good job in a good neighborhood with a good school. And your kids will have a really good future."

But one of the most emotional moments of the evening came when Larry Sanders, brother to the groundbreaking progressive candidate, spoke as a member of the Americans Abroad delegation about how his parents worked hard and died too young to see their son's movement take shape.

"They would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments. They loved him," he said.