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The long wait ended Tuesday night with a woman center stage, arms outstretched. It could be measured in years: 240 after the birth of the United States, 96 after women won the right to vote, eight after coming tantalizingly close -- and falling short. It could be measured in hours: 24 since history crept in quietly, waiting, yet again, for a moment to roar. On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton finally embraced a landmark long in the making, claiming victory as the first woman to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party. "Thanks to you, we've reached a milestone," she told a cheering crowd. "Tonight's victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible." Gender politics is an infinitely complicated subject, and Clinton, the 68-year-old pioneering presumptive female nominee who has spent three decades in public life, is an infinitely complicated figure. The 2016 campaign will test societal dreams and expectations about the role of women in public life in new ways. Key Republican senators seemed eager to help presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump turn the page Wednesday, the day after he tried to quell concerns about his ability to lead the party to victory on Election Day, while others were more reluctant. Trump, by issuing a lengthy statement saying his remarks that an Indiana-born judge of Mexican heritage was a "hater" and "a Mexican" were "misconstrued," and reading a tightly scripted primary night speech from teleprompters, clearly sought to address criticisms from within his own party that his rhetoric was harmful to their electoral chances. Indeed, Sen. Tim Scott, the only African-American Republican in the Senate, said: "I think he's done a good job in the last 24 hours of realizing the impact of those comments. I think it shows real leadership when he takes responsibility and walks those comments back. I think that's a good direction, a new direction frankly and one that I am pleased with."

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Anderson Cooper is the anchor of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°, a global newscast that goes beyond the headlines with in-depth reporting and investigations. The show airs weeknights at 8:00pm ET on CNN and is simulcast to an international audience on CNN International.

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