Posted: 7:39 pm Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Completing a takeover of the Grand Old Party that few thought was possible, Donald Trump won the nomination for President of the Republican Party on Tuesday night, as Trump’s home state of New York put the real estate mogul over the top at, securing his unlikely victory at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
“Congratulations, Dad, we love you,” said Trump’s son, Donald J. Trump, Jr., as he announced the vote of the Empire State.
“This is not a campaign anymore, it’s a movement,” the younger Trump declared.
Donald Trump has been formally nominated as the Republican Party candidate for President.
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) July 19, 2016
While there had been a lot of bruised feelings over the primary fight involving Trump and other Republican candidates, only a little of that was evident during the vote.
For example, when John Kasich would get votes, you could hear the Ohio delegation cheer loudly, while there would be boos scattered throughout the convention arena.
But when Trump was declared the winner, there was no real negative reaction that I heard – and other reporters seemed to concur.
No obvious signs of protest from any delegates as Trump officially wins.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 19, 2016
While some elected Republicans in Congress remain unswayed by Trump, others immediately took the news to social media, as they argue the Republican Party needs to immediately coalesce behind Trump.
— David Perdue (@Perduesenate) July 19, 2016
— Billy Long (@auctnr1) July 19, 2016
But for others within the GOP, the final act of nominating Trump was still hard to believe, like Adrian Gray, now a GOP strategist, who once worked for George W. Bush and the Republican National Committee.
Congrats to Donald Trump, his family, staff and supporters. I will eat my crow now.
— Adrian Gray (@adrian_gray) July 19, 2016
The big question is how many people who don’t like Trump end up voting for him in November.
Donald Trump is the Republican Party nominee.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.