Republican National Convention: With Trump formally nominated, attention turns back to Clinton

From The Washington Post:

Trump formally reached the threshold of 1,237 delegates at 7:12 p.m. Eastern time, with votes cast by delegates from his home state of New York.

Trump’s clinching votes were cast by his own son, Donald Trump Jr., who spoke for the New York delegation.

“It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight,” he said. “Congratulations, Dad, we love you!”

The convention then broke into applause, as a band played “New York, New York,” with the jumbotron in the Quicken Loans Arena displaying the words “Over the Top”.

Trump will formally accept the nomination on Thursday night.

The political drama had long ago drained out of this day, after Trump’s primary victories had erased the prospect of a contested convention – and after Trump’s allies had squelched “Never Trump” delegates’ efforts to disrupt the convention itself. But it was still a remarkable moment. A little more than a year before, Trump had seemed like an afterthought: a reality-TV star with no political experience, facing a deep field that included more than 10 current and former Republican officeholders.

But Trump had a message that defied GOP tradition on trade, and defied the party’s own advice to make inroads with Hispanics: He called for ripping up U.S. trade deals, building a wall on the border with Mexico, and deporting undocumented immigrants en masse. There was only one Trump in the race.

And now, there is only Trump.

Anti-Trump delegates have said they plan to try to hold up Trump’s nomination by walking out, and trying to deny Trump a sufficient number of votes. But that effort – like the “Never Trump” movement’s other last-ditch efforts this week – failed.

While there was no walk-out, not …

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