Hillary Clinton became the first woman to earn a major party’s presidential nomination on Tuesday evening as Democratic delegates officially gave her the votes she needed to win the election.
‘History,’ was what she tweeted with a photo of herself on stage at a rally.
Bernie Sanders made a surprise appearance on the floor and moved to have Clinton named the nominee by acclimation after she had more than enough votes to win.
He joined his home state of Vermont, which passed the first time around in the roll call vote, for the history-making moment.
‘I move that all votes, 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,’ he said.
His delegates were not so easily moved to accept the result of the vote. A group of them walked out in protest after Clinton officially won the nomination.
Cheering Bernie Sanders supporters got their roll call vote on Tuesday as part of a peace offering from Democratic Party officials.
Sanders delegates stood side-by-side with delegates to Hillary Clinton as they formally cast their votes in the Democratic nomination process.
The U.S. senator’s 82-year-old brother made a special appearance on the floor to announce the pledged delegate vote from the Democrats Abroad voting block.
Larry, a resident of the UK, gave a moving tribute to his baby brother ‘Bernard.’
‘I want to bring before this convention the names of our parents: Eli Sanders, Dorothy Glassberg Sanders,’ Larry said, tears flowing. ‘They did not have easy lives, and they died young. They would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments. They loved him.’
Sanders was present for the vote yet refused to officially nominate his formal rival to top the ticket.
The gesture would have been seen as a signal of unity and reconciliation during a fractured Democratic Convention.
A spokesman said before the vote, though, ‘He will not nominate her.’
Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski instead spoke on Clinton’s behalf along with Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon. John Lewis.
Briggs said it was ‘possible’ Sanders’ home state of Vermont could move to make the vote unanimous after it has occurred.
Speculation began to mount as the state’s turn came as to whether Sanders would make a surprise appearance on the floor. A Vermont delegate said the state ‘passes’ – signaling that Sanders would speak for the state at the end of the vote.
Sanders his delegates this morning to treat party officials with ‘respect’ during the roll call vote but said they should be allowed to give him their support if they want to.
‘Vote for me,’ he told them this morning.
The talks about whether Sanders, who urged Clinton’s election in a convention speech Monday night, would take on an additional unifying role, have been going on for weeks.
Clinton campaign chair John Podesta was coy about where things stood Monday afternoon.
‘I will let Senator Sanders discuss what senator Sanders is going to do,’ he said at a lunch hosted by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post reported.
Podesta wouldn’t provide details on the status of talks. ‘I’m not going to preview this. Wait for the vote!’ he said.
The roll call vote is expected to lead to more chaos on the convention floor for the second time in as many days. Monday Sanders delegates incessantly booed speakers as party platform was formally adapted. ‘Down with TPP,’ they said over and over.
He couldn’t promise this morning that they wouldn’t disrupt the convention again tonight when things don’t go their way.
‘We will see what happens,’ he said at a Bloomberg breakfast. ‘I would hope that our people treat the process with respect. And, you know, accept the reality of the results tonight.’
Sanders acknowledged that he is ‘going to lose’ the vote tonight, and Clinton will become the nominee.
‘But why would you, if you were campaigning for…eight months and knocking your brains out and then the roll call came, who are you going to vote for? Who do you think they’re going to vote for?’
Answering his own question, the Democratic presidential candidate said, ‘They’re going to vote for Bernie Sanders.’
‘That’s what I would do, you know? If I was supporting you and you were running,’ he told his interviewer, PBS’ Gwen Iffil. ‘And then the other side gets more votes.’
As Sanders said this morning, he cannot win. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has a majority of pledged delegates and nearly all of the party’s superdelegates in her corner.
Still, he told Ifill he believes the delegates he earned fairly should give their support tonight to him.
‘The other side gets more votes. You accept that, you go on. And hopefully you support the winner, he said. But ‘why would you not vote for the candidate you supported?’
Sanders irked Clinton supporters on Monday evening as he told his delegates in his speech to the convention: ‘I look forward to your votes during the roll call tomorrow night.’
Senior officials with the Clinton campaign tried to downplay the tension on Monday.
Karen Finney, a senior spokesperson for the campaign, compared the discord to 2008 when Obama went head to head with Clinton.
She said she expected the fervor to die down by week’s end.