Clinton steps into history as first woman presidential nominee

Taking her place in history, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night because she will be the first woman to lead a major party toward the White House.

It was a triumphant moment for Democrats to relish before plunging into a bruising general election against Republican Donald Trump.

After the roll call of states formalizing Clinton's nomination, former President Bill Clinton will take the stage for a history-making appearance of his own at the Democratic convention. Former presidents often vouch for their potential successors, but never before has that candidate also been a spouse

By night's end, the Clinton campaign hopes to have moved past the dissent that somewhat tarnished the convention's opening day. Supporters of Bernie Sanders, Clinton's primary rival, repeatedly interrupted Monday's proceedings with boos and chants of "Bernie."

Before Clinton's nomination became official, Sanders' supporters had one more opportunity to voice their fierce loyalty to the Vermont senator. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard vowed that the movement Sanders' sparked "can never be stopped or defeated."

Sanders sat in the arena soaking in the cheers and waving to the crowd.

But the convention belonged to Clinton, who was bursting through the glass ceiling she was unable to crack during her failed 2008 campaign. She was nominated by a trio of Democrats, including Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who praised Clinton as a "great leader who can unite us as a nation and a people."

Clinton's campaign hopes the night of achievement, personal stories and praise can chip away at the deep distrust many voters, including some Democrats, have of the former secretary of state, senator and first lady. Much of the convention's second night will be devoted to introducing voters to Clinton anew, including three hours of speakers who will highlight issues she has championed for years, including health care and advocacy for children and families.

"Tonight we will make history, about 100 years in the making," said Karen Finney, a senior adviser for Clinton's campaign. "What we're really going to focus on tonight is telling that story, and telling her story, talking about the fights of her life."

The stories will be told by a long list of lawmakers, celebrities and advocates. Among those pledging support for Clinton will be the "mothers of the movement" -- several black women whose children were victims of gun violence. Clinton has met privately with the mothers and held events with them, and they've become an emotional force for her campaign.

Sanders has implored his supporters to not protest during the convention, but he's struggled to control his energized backers. Several hundred people gathered at Philadelphia's City Hall under a blazing sun Tuesday chanting "Bernie or bust."

The morning after his rousing endorsement of Clinton at the convention, Sanders himself was booed as he arrived for a breakfast with California delegates.

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