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Hillary Clinton Named Democratic Presidential Nominee

UPDATE 10:07 p.m.: Hillary Clinton's California delegates enthusiastically nominated their candidate Monday night, shouting over protesting Bernie Sanders supporters.

Governor Jerry Brown announced 330 delegate votes for Clinton versus 221 for Sanders. That means all 76 California super delegates supported the former Secretary of State.

Assemblywoman and Clinton delegate Cristina Garcia says the vote was the last official chance for Sanders delegates to attempt to contest the nomination.

"There's not much more they can do at this point," she says. "Doesn't mean that people won't be loud and try to be disruptive, but there's not much more they can do"

California delegates for Sanders have helped lead protests throughout the convention, and many marched out after the nomination.

UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: On Tuesday night, Former Pres. Bill Clinton delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention. His address was filled with personal stories and biographical details about his life with wife, Hillary. 

NPR says Clinton spoke about his wife's path from law school to becoming a mother, a senator and a secretary of state.

"She's the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life," says Clinton. 

Read more from NPR's coverage: "Bill Clinton: 'In The Spring Of 1971, I Met A Girl'"

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: California's Sen. Barbara Boxer was among the speakers at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday, the day when delegates officially named Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee. 

Boxer called Clinton her family. Boxer's daughter was married to her brother. 

Boxer recounted stories from Clinton's mother, Dorothy, who she described as someone who overcame a painful childhood. Boxer said Dorothy taught her daughter that "one caring person can make a change in one child's life." 

Boxer said Dorothy described her daughter as someone who took the "long view of things."

"Never instant gratification, that strong sense of empathy for others and a great sense of humor have served her well," says Boxer about what Clinton's mother told her.

After the personal stories, Boxer criticized the Republican Party's presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence and their stances on equal pay for women and abortion. 

Listen to the rest of Boxer's speech below.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: South Dakota pushed Clinton's delegate votes over the edge making her officially the first female nominee from a major party to run for president of the United States Of America.


UPDATE 2:39 p.m.: Flanked by Senator Barbara Boxer and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Governor Jerry Brown officially cast 221 votes for Senator Bernie Sanders and 330 for Hillary Clinton. 

Before casting the votes Brown praised Californians for their energy and enthusiasm and said California is the state that defies Donald Trump on climate change, immigration reform and the minimum wage. 

Bernie Sanders Urges California Delegates To Support Clinton


UPDATE 1 p.m.: Despite a concerted effort by Democratic leaders, Bernie Sanders delegates from California are making clear they will not join behind nominee Hillary Clinton. That's even despite a direct plea, and surprise showing, from the Vermont senator himself.

Both the national and California Democratic parties are lining up progressive favorites -- from Senator Elizabeth Warren at the convention to Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison at the state party breakfast. All of it's to urge Sanders delegates to stop the vocal protests that have dominated what's usually a positive news cycle for the candidate.

Sanders, himself, made an impromptu stop at the California delegation -- and got the same treatment from his delegates as other speakers, when he called for unity.

"It is easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under a Donald Trump presidency," Sanders said to mixed cheers and booing. 

Sanders's 200 California delegates have been some of the loudest at the convention. They say they want the party to court them, not assume their support, and to adopt more elements of the Senator's platform.

UPDATE 11 a.m.: While Bernie Sanders repeated his message Tuesday morning that he'll be supporting Hillary Clinton in November, the first union to endorse his presidential bid says it will not switch its support, despite the Vermont Senator's urging.

Katy Roemer is a board member of the California Nurses Association and an East Bay Sanders delegate.

While watching, and booing, speeches on the convention floor Monday night, Roemer said the union doesn't care that Sanders is campaigning for Clinton.

"We like to say jokingly ... he borrowed our platform," she says. "We have been long-term for single-payer, long-term for free public health care."

Political analysts credit the union with helping to legitimize Sanders's campaign with its early endorsement. If the union does not support a major party candidate, it would not be the first time. In 2000, the nurses backed Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.

UPDATE 9 a.m.: Bernie Sanders made a surprise appearance Tuesday morning at a California delegation breakfast event during the second day of the Democratic National Convention.

He directly addressed the level of unrest within the delegation. Some members of the group have been vocal and booed through many of Monday night's speeches.  

"Elections come and go, in my view, our immediate task, what we must do or forever look back in regret is defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton," Sanders told the delegation.

Clinton is prepared to make history Tuesday as the first woman to be nominated.

Sanders supporters say they intend to go on protesting Tuesday.

CapRadio's Ben Bradford says it's important to note that the dissenting group is a minority within the California delegation — about 45 percent of pledged delegates. The overall number of delegates, both pledged and unpledged, is more than 500.

Bradford says it's unclear what will happen during Tuesday's roll call Tuesday, when delegates will announce a vote for the nomination.

Ben Bradford Reports On Day 2 Of DNC

Original Post: The Democratic National Convention has showcased the challenge party leaders and the Hillary Clinton campaign face in bringing Bernie Sanders' most ardent supporters into the fold. But California delegates pose an extra challenge. 

Democratic Leaders Struggle To Bring Sanders Supporters Into The Fold

Sanders delegates were already booing the mention of Hillary Clinton and her vice-presidential pick Tim Kaine at the California Democratic Party Breakfast--as they would throughout the day and on the convention floor--but they had a special jeer for Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

"Well, I can tell everyone is fired up, because I'm fired up, too, I'm fired up," says Padilla.

The crowd is chanting "Count the Vote" so loud it's hard to hear Padilla in the room.

"All right, if you all will settle down, we will address your questions, and I will explain how the ballots and the votes have been counted," he says.

It's counties, not the Secretary of State, that tally votes, and there's no evidence of widespread voter fraud. But rumors have swirled among Sanders supporters that Clinton somehow rigged the election. 

"She stole this election, and there's no way I'm going to hand her my vote," says Los Angeles delegate Miguel Zuniga. "She never earned it. She burned my vote, and I'm going to keep Bernie. And the revolution continues with or without Bernie."

Secretary of State Padilla says he was caught off-guard by the chants.

"I don't know where it stems from, all I know is that we run a very open and transparent process," says Padilla. "Every county elections division as they're receiving ballots and counting ballots is open to the public for monitoring and review.

Padilla thinks media outlets projecting results on election night, while the state actually takes six weeks to go through millions more ballots helped create confusion, and breed distrust of the results.

Regardless of the reasons, it will be hard for the Clinton campaign to attract California voters who think she stole the election.