20 July 2016 at 5:29 GMT
Donald Trump supporters celebrated their once unthinkable capture of the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday night as state delegates took turns to count up the votes from his remarkable sweep through the party’s 2016 primary election. Dan Roberts and Paul Owen write crossing the threshold of 1,237 votes, Trump officially became the Republican party’s nominee for president. The official confirmation of the 2016 nominee was in little doubt after a last-minute procedural rebellion was quickly killed off on Monday, but the ceremonial “call of the roll of states” served as a powerful reminder of the scale of his victory over 16 competing candidates with the largest-ever vote haul in a Republican primary.
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