Donald Trump has formally secured the Republican Party’s nomination for the 2016 US presidential election, setting the stage for a battle with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House.
During a roll-call vote at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Trump’s home state of New York cast the votes that pushed him beyond the 1,237-delegate mark needed to win the nomination.
The state-by-state vote to put Trump’s name in nomination took place a day after opponents staged a failed attempt to force a vote opposing his candidacy.
Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, an early backer of Trump, placed the New York businessman’s name in nomination, calling him “a warrior and a winner”, Reuters reported.
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the country’s highest-ranking elected Republican, ran the meeting and launched the nominating process.
Despite threats of another chaotic day at the convention in Cleveland, anti-Trump Republican Senator Mike Lee said efforts by some delegates to block Trump’s nomination appeared finished.
“I don’t see any way around it,” the Utah lawmaker told Reuters.
Trump’s campaign has been marked by frequent controversy over his rhetoric on Muslims, Hispanics, illegal immigration and trade, alarming many in the Republican establishment.
Party officials are hoping to use the four-day convention, which began on Monday, to smooth out some of his rough edges and present him as a job creator and a strong hand to combat security threats at home and abroad.
Republicans were also set on Tuesday to place in nomination Indiana Governor Mike Pence, 57, Trump’s choice for his vice presidential running mate.
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