By Aaron Humes: This evening, businessman Donald Trump officially clinched the Republican Party presidential
nomination after securing enough delegates during the roll call vote on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
U.S. media sources report that a rules change allowed Trump’s home state, New York, to announce its vote out of alphabetical order so that it could be the one to put him over the edge of the threshold of 1,237 votes.
Trump’s son, Donald Jr., who is a Republican delegate, was the one to announce the vote with his sisters Ivanka and Tiffany and brother Eric by his side. The convention secretary went through one-by-one through the list of states alphabetically as the chairs of each delegation will briefly tout their state before announcing their state’s vote total.
House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed the tally after all of the states had been heard, and after Alaska raised some questions about the way that their state’s rules had changed.
Trump, who formally accepts the nomination on Thursday, is expected to face presumptive Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton, who is widely favoured to win the election in November. The Democratic convention begins next week in Philadelphia.
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