Philadelphia – It is official. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former Secretary of State and First Lady to her husband President Bill Clinton was nominated as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.
The first woman to be nominated to an executive level position by either party, Clinton was victorious as Tuesday evening’s delegate roll call vote put her over the top. Her second run at the presidency, falling to President Barack Obama in 2008, Clinton fought a factious primary battle against U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.
Sanders, who mobilized millions of voters across the country in a political revolution that saw him winning in 22 states, heard the last votes cast while joining Vermont’s delegation on the floor. After the votes were cast, Sanders addressed the delegation moving to suspend the rules and have Clinton be named as nominee.
Clinton, after being informed, chose to wait until Thursday evening to officially accept the nomination. President Bill Clinton is expected to speak on Tuesday evening in support of his wife’s nomination.
Battle stations manned as Trump takes the lead
The former First Lady faces a former Clinton friend and colleague, the Republican nominee, New York Real Estate Mogul, Donald J. Trump. The impending battle with Trump portends to be more than contentious, already developing a viscious, no holds barred motif.
On Monday, multiple polls showed Trump garnering a convention bump, vaulting him ahead of Clinton. A CNN/ORC poll conducted July 22 -24, had Trump up by 3 points over Clinton 48/45. CBS News poll had Trump up by 1 at 44/43, and an LA Times/USC poll gave Trump a 5-point lead at 46/41.
In a four-way contest, including Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party and Green Party Candidate Jill Stein, the CNN poll moves Trump further ahead with a 5-point lead at 44/39. Johnson took 9 percent of the vote and Stein had 3 percent. The poll took full tickets into consideration, pairing Clinton/Kaine against Trump/Pence.
Sanders addressed his delegates and supporters on Monday emphasizing the importance of ensuring that Donald Trump not become President. His colleague from Massachusetts, turned Trump nemesis, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren echoed his sentiment. The two Progressive Senators from New England stressed the need to preserve the country’s progress in inclusive policy and civil rights advocacy. Although the duo had been floated as a perfect Progressive pairing and Warren was also short-list candidate for Clinton, neither advanced to executive level consideration.
Not likely the President will be liked
Clinton and Trump painting a bizarre picture of American politics, advance as the two least liked candidates ever to be considered for the oval office. Clinton’s unfavorability rating, according to the CNN/ORC poll was the highest of all candidates at 55 percent unfavorable to Trump’s 52 percent unfavorable, with “all Americans polled” rankings that didn’t discern as to affiliation or demographics. When tapered to registered voters, the unfavorables remained primarily the same at 55/51.