It’s official: Trump becomes Republican nominee

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Cleveland : Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives his thumb up as he walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. AP/PTI

Cleveland : Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives his thumb up as he walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. AP/PTI

The Republican Party has officially nominated real estate tycoon Donald Trump as presidential candidate for November general elections in the US.

Trump reacted to his nomination through a video message from New York.

“I am so proud to be your nominee for President of the United States…We are going to win the state of Ohio, and also we are going to win the presidency and bring real change and leadership back to Washington…This is going to be a leadership that puts the American people first. We are going to bring back our jobs. We are going to rebuild our depleted military and take care of our great veterans. We are going to have strong borders,” said the real estate magnate in the video message that was played at the ongoing Republican convention in Cleveland.

Trump, who joined politics only a year ago and stormed the Republican party defeating as many as 17 top GOP leaders. He is set to again arrive in Cleveland tomorrow to deliver his acceptance speech.

Trump received 1,725 votes, followed by Senator Ted Cruz (475), Ohio Governor John Kasich (120) and Senator Marco Rubio (114).

“Donald Trump having received the majority of the votes cast has been selected as the Republican Party nominee of the president of the United States,” announced Paul Ryan, House of Representatives Speaker and also chair of the Republican National Convention.

Trump will face Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party in the November 8 presidential elections. If elected, he would be the first successful businessman without any political experience to become the president of the US.

Trump was declared the party’s nominee after his son Donald J Trump Jr cast the vote of elected delegates from his home state of New York, that gave him the requisite 1237 votes required to cross the half way mark.

“Congratulations Dad. We love you,” screamed the Junior Trump as the giant screen inside the Quicken Loan Arena showed that the billionaire is on top of the delegates.

“It is my honour to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight with 89 delegates,” he said.

Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama, who heads the national security and foreign policy team of Trump, nominated the real estate tycoon as the Republican presidential nominee.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence was nominated as the vice presidential running mate of Trump.

(With inputs from PTI)