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Donald Trump officially becomes Republican nominee

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 20/07/2016
Donald Trump officially becomes Republican nominee: Billionaire businessman wins party nomination for US president after months of acrimonious campaigning. © Provided by Al Jazeera Billionaire businessman wins party nomination for US president after months of acrimonious campaigning.

Candidate Donald Trump has secured the nomination of the Republican party to become the next US president after months of controversial campaigning that has divided the American right of the political spectrum. 

The billionaire businessman had been expected to cruise past the 1,237 delegates needed on Tuesday to seal the deal on the first ballot. Trump was put over the top by his home state of New York.

Anti-Trump forces on the floor held out for a final miracle on Tuesday after seeking to convince delegates that their votes were not bound and that they could vote their conscience.

The real estate mogul won a thumping victory in a series of state-wide party elections, garnering more than 13 million votes - the most of any Republican nominee ever.

Trump's campaign hoped the formal nomination would both end the discord surging through the Republican party and overshadow the convention's chaotic kickoff, including a plagiarism charge involving his wife, Melania Trump, during her speech on opening night.

"United we stand, divided we fall," said Johnny McMahan, a Trump delegate from Arkansas.

The Republican convention got off to a rocky start on Monday, when chaos broke out on the floor as anti-Trump delegates launched a short-lived revolt.

The conventions are designed to champion the party candidate, rally the grassroots, and propel the party toward November's election.

Trump will go against Democratic party nominee Hillary Clinton in November's US presidential election.

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