Donald Trump crossed the threshold of 1,237 delegate votes Tuesday to become the Republican Party’s nominee for president.

Above: Convention delegates cast votes for Trump.

“I am so proud to be your nominee for president of the United States,” Trump said. “With your vote today, this stage of the presidential process has come to a close.

“Together we have received historic results, with the largest vote total in the history of the Republican Party. This is a movement and we have to go all the way.”

The Guardian reports:

In the three-minute address, Trump anticipated his big convention speech, rattling through a list of policies such as strengthening the border, “getting rid” of Isis, and “restoring law and order”.

“I’ll be discussing all that on Thursday night,” he said. “But together, most importantly, we’re going to make America great again.”

The official confirmation of the 2016 nominee was in little doubt after a last-minute procedural rebellion was quickly killed off on Monday, but the ceremonial “call of the roll of states” served as a powerful reminder of the scale of his victory over 16 competing candidates with the largest-ever vote haul in a Republican primary.

“It is my honour to throw Donald Trump over the top with 89 delegates,” said his son Donald Trump Jr as he announced the results from his home state of New York. “Congratulations, Dad, we love you.”

His father told the hall later: “Today has been one special day, watching my children put me over the top earlier … I’ll never forget it. It’s something I will never forget.”

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—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.


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