Hillary Clinton secures Democrat presidential nomination
Ex-US secretary of state makes history as the first woman to head a major party ticket
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has officially secured her party’s nomination in the 2016 race for the White House. File photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images
Delegates from South Dakota gave Ms 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.
“Yes, we do break barriers. I broke a barrier when I became the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right,” Ms Mikulski said.
“So it is with a full heart that I’m here today to nominate Hillary Clinton to be the first woman president,” Ms Mikulski said.
Mr 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 Ms Clinton say her Washington credentials show she has the experience needed for the White House during troubled times, as the US 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 Bill Clinton’s first White House term in the 1990s.