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Woman breaks into tears of joy after voting for Hillary Clinton

'It hit me how important this was.'


Andrew Couts


Published Nov 2, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 4:14 pm CDT

It’s easy to forget, under the relentless din of “corruption” and “sexual assault,” that America may be on the verge of making history by electing the first woman president.

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This was not lost on Vickie Wilkinson. 

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The 60-year-old Montana woman burst into tears last week after casting her ballot for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and her daughter, Sarah Dean, caught the emotional moment on camera.

“I had forgotten what was happening. This has been such a circus of an election cycle,” Dean told the Huffington Post. “But when my mom started crying, I thought, ‘Oh yeah, this is an incredible thing that is taking place right now. We should be really excited that we get to do this.’ So that’s why I took a video of her.”

Wilkinson said, in that moment, it “hit me how important this was.” 

“To think about how far we’ve come,” Wilkinson said. “The fight and struggle just to vote for an intelligent, qualified, viable woman—it was just sort of overwhelming to me on that morning. And I was thanking God that I was able to do this.”

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Whether most women feel the weight of history as they head into the voting booth isn’t clear. What is clear, at least as of a couple of weeks ago, is that women overwhelmingly support Clinton over Republican rival Donald Trump

Clinton has fallen in the polls over the past two weeks, but she remains slightly ahead and the overall favorite in most Electoral College prediction models. But we’ll have to wait until Election Night to know whether that glass ceiling will actually shatter.

H/T Huffington Post

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*First Published: Nov 2, 2016, 5:56 pm CDT