PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton is officially the first woman nominated by a major political party to be president of the United States.
Shortly after 6:30 p.m., Clinton received the votes necessary to capture the nomination.
Her former foe, Bernie Sanders, personally delivered the votes of his home state of Vermont after the delegation asked to be moved to the end of the roll call. It was an attempt to put a lid on the nomination and yet another effort from Sanders to quell the idea that the party remains divided.
Sanders asked the convention chair 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 to be president of the United States.”
While a few “nays” were heard when the voice vote was called, the vast majority of the convention erupted into “Aye!”
Clinton will accept the nomination during her speech on Thursday, the final day of the Democratic National Convention. The response in the Wells Fargo Center was overwhelmingly positive, although a great number of Bernie Sanders’ delegates continued to hold their “Bernie 2016” signs over their heads as Clinton was honored.
Yet, there were no “boos” or catcalls, unlike a day ago when the room seemed as divided as ever. But, after Sanders’ work to close the divide and an inspiring speech from First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday, the convention appeared to reach peace.
About an hour earlier, Georgia delegates cast 29 votes for Bernie Sanders and 87 votes for Hillary Clinton.
Democratic Party of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter led off the state’s time in delivering the vote.
“Our state has been and will continue to be the epicenter of civil and human rights,” Porter said. “Home to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King and where the march of social justice is carried on by civil rights legends like our own Congressman John Lewis. And home to the 39th president of the United States, a Democrat, Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalyn Carter.”
First vice chair Nikema Williams then took the microphone and said Democrats in Georgia are working to move the state from a “deep shade of red to a deep shade of purple.”
Georgia, she said, “is a beacon of progress and hope, and that serves as a celebration of the diversity that has cemented Georgia as the next battle ground state in the United States.”
Williams than passed to John Lewis, who again was greeted by a massive roar from the crowd. Lewis said the state was casting the majority of its votes “for the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton!”