Republican National Convention: Scenes from day two
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee on Tuesday after a roll call vote overshadowed by dissent and apathy atypical of what is traditionally a celebration of the party’s White House candidate.
Trump easily earned the 1,237 delegates needed to capture the nomination. But sporadic boos could be heard as some states attempted to award delegates to Trump’s Republican primary competitors.
Trump’s home delegation of New York put Trump over the top, announced on the convention floor with Trump’s children standing nearby.
“Congratulations Dad, we love you,” Donald Trump Jr. yelled while announcing that the state would award 89 votes to his father.
Particularly outraged was the Washington, D.C., delegations, which held its convention in March and attempted to award 10 votes to Marco Rubio and nine to Kasich. But convention officials announced the rules merit Trump be award all 19 delegates from the nation’s capital.
“This is an outrage, and this is a reason the Republican Party is turning off a lot of voters,” a Kasich delegate from D.C. said on MSNBC.
Despite the at-times contentious atmosphere, Trump was never in jeopardy of the type of floor fight talked frequently about during GOP primary battle. And none of the high-drama tactics talked about by anti-Trump factions came to fruition.