CLEVELAND — Donald J. Trump officially became the Republican presidential nominee Tuesday evening, the key moment of a convention day that went much more smoothly for the candidate and his party.
“Congratulations, Dad, we love you!” Donald Trump Jr. said in casting the votes for the Trumps’ home state of New York. Following convention tradition, the candidate’s home state was allowed to deliver the votes that officially made him the nominee.
Trump’s campaign managed to avoid a replay of Monday, when a floor fight erupted over the convention’s rules. It was considered a precursor to a possible insurgent attempt to challenge Trump’s nomination on Tuesday, but the effort never materialized. Even Colorado, which briefly walked out of Monday’s session in protest, cast its votes as scripted.
Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett gave a full-throated “Go Dawgs!” after announcing that the state was sending 42 votes to Trump, 18 to Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and 16 to Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
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