Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday night as the first female major party nominee in the country’s history — after her rival, Bernie Sanders, threw his support behind her and nixed the roll call vote.
The moment was marked with cheers, tears and anger from some Sanders supporters who were dissatisfied with the primary contest — including the votes controversially given to hundreds of superdelegates — and its outcome.
More than 1,800 delegates — short of the 2,382 needed to clinch the nomination — cast their votes for Sanders, who surprised observers with strong showings early on and built a movement of supporters with his grass-roots campaign, built on small donations and railing against Wall Street.
The final delegate tally was 2,838 for Clinton, 1,843 Sanders and 55 abstentions. Vermont’s 22 delegates for Sanders and four for Clinton were not included in the count because Sanders moved to end the vote early.
Before she won the historic vote, speeches for both candidates, including calls for unity, were met with rollicking applause from the audience.