US election: Donald Trump seals Republican nomination

20/07/2016 - 17:56 Published in News/General

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.

"It is something I'll never ever forget," Trump said on a video feed from New York. "Together we have achieved historic results with the largest vote total in the history of the Republican Party. This is a movement, but we have to go all the way."

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, but it never came to fruition.

Many Americans oppose Trump's ascension in US politics, lambasting his controversial campaign statements, including calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers whom he would deport if elected president. He has also called for a ban on Muslims from entering the United States.

It has been a stunning rise for a man most thought would never make it this far.

"After all the predications that he could never do it - the public wouldn't want someone with no legislative experience, no government experience - they've opted for a man who has made his name first of all in business and latterly as a reality TV show host," reported Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher from the convention in Cleveland.

"He will now be on top of the Republican ticket come November."

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.

The conventions are designed to champion the party candidate, rally the grassroots, and propel the party towards November's presidential election. Trump will go against Democratic party nominee Hillary Clinton.

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies