At the request of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic National Convention declares Hillary Clinton their nominee for president, the first major U.S. party to pick a woman for the nation's top office. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: 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 U.S. history. In a symbolic show of party unity, Clinton's former rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, told the chairwoman from the convention floor that Clinton should be selected as the party's nominee during a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Earlier, delegates from South Dakota had given Clinton 15 votes, ensuring that she had more than the 2,383 votes needed to win the nomination. She emerged with a total of 2,842 votes to Sanders' 1,865 votes. After a tough battle with Sanders, Clinton is now the party's standard-bearer against Republican nominee Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election. Delegates chanted "Hillary, Hillary" as U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland formally put forward Clinton's name for the alphabetical roll-call vote. Sanders has endorsed Clinton, a former first lady and U.S. senator, but some of his supporters protested in Philadelphia against the party leadership's apparent backing of her during the bitter Democratic primary fight.