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History: Hillary Clinton becomes first woman nominated for president

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The Democratic Party made history Tuesday with the formal nomination of Hillary Clinton for president at the party convention in Philadelphia.

Clinton became the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the United States’ 240 years. The roll call vote of states began at 2:23 p.m. Arizona time.

She needed 2,383 pledged delegate votes. Of Arizona’s 85 votes, announced by 102-year-old Jerry Emett and U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, 51 went to Clinton and 34 to Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Last week, Clinton announced U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate.

The former Secretary of State tried to make history in 2008, in her first run for the White House but Barack Obama earned the nod instead.

Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, was expected to address the crowd.

Clinton’s platform was built on jobs and the economy, foreign policy, civil liberties and immigration reform, among others.

The road to Clinton’s nomination this campaign season has been fraught with tension, in-fighting with former candidate Sanders, and continued focus on improper use of her personal email for State Department business.

Another email scandal sprung up just ahead of the convention, when WikiLeaks released Democratic party emails that indicated then-Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, was showing favoritism toward Clinton. The party is supposed to be remain neutral in campaigning.

The convention’s opening-night speakers set the stage for Clinton.

First lady Michelle Obama said, “I’m with her.”

Sanders, whose heated rivalry with Clinton was the talk of the primary season, said, “I am proud to stand with her.”

Clinton was first lady from 1993-2001.

From 2001-2009 she represented the state of New York in United States Senate.

She then served as Secretary of State from 2009-2013.

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