Hillary Clinton Becomes First Woman Nominee of Any Major US Party

Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in US history.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined by Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., as she speaks at a rally at Florida International University. (Photo: AP)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in US history.

Delegates from South Dakota gave Clinton 15 votes, ensuring that she had more than the 2,383 votes needed to win the nomination during a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

After a tough battle with Democratic rival US Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton is now the party’s standard-bearer against Republican nominee Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election.

Delegates chanted “Hillary, Hillary” as US Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland formally put forward Clinton’s name for the alphabetical roll-call vote.

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The delegates from North Carolina cast their votes for President of the Unites States during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention. (Photo: AP)
The delegates from North Carolina cast their votes for President of the Unites States during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention. (Photo: AP)
Yes, we do break barriers, I broke a barrier when I became the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right. So it is with a full heart that I’m here today to nominate Hillary Clinton to be the first woman president.
Barbara Mikulski, US Senator

Sanders has endorsed Clinton, a former first lady and US senator, but some of his supporters protested in Philadelphia against the party leadership’s apparent backing of her during the bitter Democratic primary fight.

Supporters of Clinton say her Washington credentials show she has the experience needed for the White House during troubled times as the United States tries to speed up its economic recovery and faces security challenges abroad.

Detractors view her as too cozy with the establishment and say she carries political baggage dating back to the start of her husband President Bill Clinton’s first White House term in the 1990s.

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