Clinton makes history as first woman to be nominated by a major party

By Lissandra Villa
Updated July 26, 2016 at 11:09 PM EDT
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially became the first female nominee of a major political party Tuesday after a roll-call of delegates at the Democratic National Convention.

Though largely ceremonial, the nomination underlines an historic step, coming 96 years after the Constitution was amended to guarantee women the right to vote. Each state had a chance to voice its support for Clinton while praising Bernie Sanders, with South Dakota putting Clinton over the edge.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Na’ilah Amaru, a New York delegate, each offered nominating speeches for Clinton.

“She could have done anything with her life, but she decided long ago she didn’t want to do just well. She wanted to do good,” Lewis said during his speech.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Paul Feeney, the Massachusetts State Director for Bernie 2016, and Shyla Nelson of Vermont offered nominating speeches for Sanders.

“Bernie not only fought for people, he empowered people,” Feeney said to wild applause from delegates. He urged Sanders supporters to stay engaged and come together to support Clinton in November.

Democrats are hoping that Tuesday will get off to a better start than the opening day of the convention, which included problems getting Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters to fall in line behind Clinton. Protests outside the convention and intermittent boos of speakers marred the intended message of Democratic unity, although things mostly settled down by the time the day’s keynote speakers took the stage.

The theme for the second day of the convention is “A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families.” Speakers include former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actress Meryl Streep.