Republicans have officially nominated Donald Trump as their presidential nominee, with his home state of New York putting him over the top.
His son, Donald Trump Jr., cast the state’s 89 delegates for his father as the Quicken Loans Arena erupted in cheers. “Over The Top” was splashed across the convention’s big screens, and the convention band began playing “New York, New York.”
The roll call of states commenced Tuesday with some of the billionaire businessman’s most ardent supporters officially nominating him for president on the second day of the Republican National Convention.
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the first senator to endorse the billionaire real estate mogul’s bid, spoke first and put Trump’s name into nomination, boasting that he was unafraid to defy political correctness.
“One man, Donald Trump, was not intimidated. He would not be silenced,” Sessions said. “He spoke the truth, he gave voice to the people’s concerns, he said that the hyped trade deals have hurt America and hurt people, that our border must be secure and our nation must be strong, that we must defeat the terrorists who threaten us, that we must restore law and order and support our courageous law enforcement offices.”
New York Rep. Chris Collins, the first congressman to endorse Trump, thundered that “Donald Trump is not merely a candidate. Donald Trump is a movement.”
And South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster proclaimed that Trump “may be the only man perfectly equipped to win the ferocious battle ahead.”
The state-by-state roll call began with none of the chaos that highlighted the first day of the convention, as most states enthusiastically cast their votes for Trump. Those pro-Trump delegates loudly booed when some delegations, such as Colorado and the District of Columbia, cast votes for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is expected to be nominated for vice president by a voice vote of acclamation.