Hillary Clinton has secured the Democratic nomination for the US presidential election, becoming the first woman ever to head the ticket of a major party in the race for the White House.
Clinton’s former rival Bernie Sanders, in a symbolic show of party unity, said at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia Tuesday that Clinton should be selected as the party’s nominee, Reuters reported.
The Vermont senator helped make Clinton’s nomination official when a state-by-state roll call got to his home state.
After a tough battle with Sanders in the primaries, Clinton is now the party’s standard-bearer against Republican nominee Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election.
Delegates chanted “Hillary, Hillary” as Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland formally put forward Clinton’s name for the alphabetical roll-call vote.
“Yes, we do break barriers, I broke a barrier when I became the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right,” Mikulski said. “So it is with a full heart that I’m here today to nominate Hillary Clinton to be the first woman president.”
Sanders endorsed Clinton, but some of his supporters protested in Philadelphia against the party leadership’s apparent backing of her during the bitter Democratic primary fight, Reuters noted.
Clinton’s detractors view her as being too cozy with the establishment and say she carries political baggage dating back to the 1990s.
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