Republicans formally chose Donald Trump as the party’s presidential nominee Tuesday, a landmark moment in American politics and a stunning victory for a man whose White House ambitions were once openly mocked.
After a turbulent campaign that saw Trump defeat 16 rivals and steamroller stubborn party opposition, the tycoon said it was time to “go all the way” and beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in November.
On the convention floor, states from Alabama to West Virginia took it in turns to pledge their delegates.
It fell to Trump’s home state of New York, represented by a coterie of the candidate’s adult children, to hand him the majority-plus-one needed to clinch the nomination.
“It’s my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegation count tonight,” Donald Trump Jr said to cheers and applause.