The Republican National Convention has formally nominated businessman Donald Trump to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, achieving a feat that was thought of as virtually impossible just over a year ago.
Trump surpassed the number of delegates required to win the Republican Party’s nomination during a roll call vote on Tuesday at the national convention in Cleveland. It became official when Trump’s eldest son cast New York’s votes, pushing the businessman over the top.
Trump became the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee in late May, but anti-Trump delegates continued their attempts to nominate a different candidate until the last moment. A final attempt to pass a motion to allow delegates to choose for the candidate they prefer was defeated on Monday.
Trump’s rivals dropped out of the race earlier this year, but Tuesday’s votes formally confirms Trump as the Republican Party’s nominee during the November 8 presidential election. Indiana Governor Mike Pence is expected to join Trump as vice presidential candidate.
Trump, who would be the oldest American president elected if he wins the election, is expected to face Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
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