residential nominationDonald Trump has officially secured the Republican nomination for president . The announcement was made by the billionaire businessman s son, Donald Jr, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The roll call was coordinated so that New York, his home state, would seal the number of votes needed to c
laim the nomination. Congratulations Dad, we love you! Trump Jr said as he announced the 89 votes that put him over the top. Trump, 70, will now face Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House , which will be decided on November 8. Trumps family, Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric await the nomination (Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Trumps nomination was all but unthinkable a year ago, when he announced his bid after riding his escalator down the lobby of Trump tower. While there were diminishing doubts that Trumps nomination could be denied,
some delegates attempted a longshot effort to halt his nomination. Read MoreRelated ArticlesWho is Melania Trump? Profile of the woman who could be Americas next First Lady The crowd in Cleveland reacts to the news (Image: DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images) There were some boos during the roll call vote. District of Columbias delegates got some boos as they cast 10 votes for Marco Rubio and 9 for John Kasich. But a party rule gave all of their votes to Trum
p. Alaska also saw its Ted Cruz votes from its caucus go to Trump. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) put his name into nomination, drawing a standing ovation in the Quicken Loans Arena when he mentioned his name.
We have gotten off course and the American people know it, he said. Trumps campaign was looking for a smoother evening after an opening da on Monday tinged by a raucous atmosphere and some controversy. Donald Trump is supported by wife Melania (Image: Getty) Trumps campaign fought off an attempt by Never Trump delegates to secure rules that would have allowed delegates to vote their
conscience, but not before a spectacle in which some delegates from Colorado and Utah shouted their dismay and walked out. That was followed by a speech by Trumps wife Melania that was well received but quickly was beset by claims that it was plagiarised by one given by Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 . Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8CancelPlay now Read MoreRelated ArticlesDid Melania Trump plagiarise Michelle Obamas 2008 Convention speech? Trumps insurgent campaign was apparent in the speeches from Sessions and others in support of Trump, as they noted how unlikely his victory looked before the campaign season began. Then, Sessions said, he dispatched one talented fine candidate after another. Trumps nomination comes as divisions remain within the party, notable by the absence of some of Trumps rivals Jeb Bush and Kasich, as well as former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. The 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, has been outspoken of his opposition to Trump, and did not attend.