The Democratic National Convention has formally nominated former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, making her the first female nominee of a major party.
After Clinton secured well more than the delegates required during a roll call vote at the national convention in Philadelphia, her former opponent, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, addressed the crowds and requested a vote by acclamation.
“I move that the convention suspends the procedural rules. I move that all votes cast by delegates be reflected in the official record and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States,” Sanders said to cheers.
The senator then left the convention floor before his motion was accepted by acclamation, making Clinton the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major party in the United States. Clinton will formally accept the nomination on Thursday, with U.S. Senator Tim Kaine expected to be her running mate.
This year’s Democratic primaries were one of the longest, with Sanders refusing to give up well beyond the final primary on June 14. Sanders managed to win a large number of votes and states during the primaries, but Clinton ultimately received 3.6 million more votes than Sanders.
After the primaries, Sanders attempted to convince Clinton’s so-called superdelegates to switch to his side, arguing that he was best positioned in the polls to defeat Republican challenger Donald Trump, but his effort was mostly unsuccessful. Sanders eventually endorsed Clinton on July 12, though the endorsement left many of his supporters upset.
Clinton will face Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the presidential election on November 8, as well as Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Clinton and Trump are virtually tied in the polls with 40%, followed by Johnson at 7.2% and Stein at 3.0%.
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