PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday moved for Democrats to choose Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential nominee by acclimation, calling for Democratic unity behind Clinton.
“I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee for the Democratic Party,” Sanders said from the convention floor to a wave of cheers from delegates.
Vermont was the last state of the roll call, giving Sanders a dramatic stage one day after he delivered an impassioned plea for his backers to get behind Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.
Sanders sat smiling and beaming from his perch within the Vermont delegation as his state’s delegate chairwoman talked about how he had “changed the trajectory of this country.”
Anticipation in the arena built as Sanders took the microphone and moved to suspend procedural rules so a voice vote could be held.
“I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for the presidency of the United States,” he said.
Convention chairwoman Rep. Marcia Fudge (Ohio) said that Sanders had “moved in the spirit of unity” to hold an acclimation vote.
The “ayes” resonated throughout the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, drowning out a small contingent of holdouts.
The crowd erupted. Sanders hugged his wife Jane. Delegates danced and held signs with Clinton’s “Forward” symbol. Only a few delegates remained holding their “Bernie” signs as he climbed the stairs to leave the arena.
Fudge praised Sanders — who promptly left the floor to cheers — saying he has “moved in the spirit of unity to suspend the rules … and nominate Hillary Clinton by acclamation.”
It came moments after Clinton officially became the Democratic presidential nominee — the first woman to be a major party’s nominee ever.