Democrats unified as Clinton gets nomination
The nomination is official: Hillary Clinton is the first female to be nominated by a major political party for President. Now, the target is the Republican nominee: Donald Trump.
Attention turned squarely on the GOP target as Bernie Sanders supporters accepted the heartbreaking reality that has been true for several weeks. Meanwhile, Hillary supporters finally got to experience the full thrill of victory.
Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow represented the Mitten, casting 66 votes for Sanders and the rest for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"81 votes for the next President of the United States: Hillary Clinton," Stabenow proudly proclaimed.
The state had 147 delegate votes, split between the two candidates. One by one, the United States casts their delegate votes. It was all in alphaetical order, except for Vermont, Sanders' home state.
The Green Mountain State passed when the chair got to them. That meant they would be the last to vote and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders himself asked for all votes to go to Clinton.
"I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic party for President of the United States," Sanders said.
Once seconded, the movement was passed and thousands of Hillary supporters cheered the moment of history in the making. Hillary Clinton became the first female to be nominated for President by a major political party
Meanwhile, Sanders' supporters were still feeling the Bern. They were heartbroken and say the must now decide whether o not they will vote for the Democratic nominee.
Lena Thompson, a Detroiter, said she won't have a problem voting for Hillary, even if she doesn't want to.
"I will be voting straight party ticket and that way it's easier for me to hold my nose and cast my vote,"
For others who pledged their support to and for Hillary from the beginning, Tuesday night was something to savor.
"Well it is a great moment and Democrats are getting unified. We had a rough day yesterday (but) we're unifying. The Bernie people are going to vote for Hillary," New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said.
"It's going to be a very unified party moving forward and I think for Michigan, it's going to be very important as we look at the kinds of values of this candidate and this team," Sen. Stabenow told FOX 2's Amy Lange.
The moment won't be lost on 18-year-old Ethan Petzold. Michigan's youngest ever delegate, a Bernie supporter, will now be voting for Hillary.
"I'll always be proud to be part of the political revolution that he built and I'm also very proud to be a member of the party that nominated the first woman nominee and be able to be here when she was being nominated," Petzold said.
Hillary is not expected to speak at the convention until Thursday when she will accept the nomination.