Donald J. Trump Is the GOP Nominee

New York delegation puts him over the top at Republican National Convention
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2016 6:26 PM CDT
Updated Jul 19, 2016 6:29 PM CDT
Donald J. Trump Is the GOP Nominee
Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina nominates Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Tuesday.   (J. Scott Applewhite)

It's official: The Republican Party has nominated Donald Trump for president, completing the New York billionaire's remarkable rise from political outsider to major party nominee for the White House, the AP reports. With 89 delegates, New York state put him over the top in the delegate count Tuesday evening at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, with Trump's four oldest children—Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and Tiffany—joining the delegation on the Quicken Loans Arena floor, with Donald Jr. served as the announcing delegate. "We're going to put New York into play this time around," Trump Jr. noted, adding, "It's not a campaign anymore, it's a movement" before ending with "Congratulations, Dad—we love you!"

The nomination followed an uneventful roll call, which capped off a day filled with little drama as party delegates united behind the real estate mogul and reality-TV star. Speaker Paul Ryan officially announced the nomination Tuesday after a slight procedural delay (Alaska contested its delegate count), noting that Trump had garnered a total of 1,725 votes—his nearest competitor, Ted Cruz, came in at 475. "Accordingly, the chair announces that Donald J. Trump, having received a majority of these votes … has been selected as the Republican Party nominee for the president of the United States," Ryan said. Donald Trump tweeted shortly before Ryan spoke: "Such a great honor to be the Republican Nominee for President of the United States. I will work hard and never let you down! AMERICA FIRST!" (More Donald Trump 2016 stories.)

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