Donald Trump officially seals US Republican nomination

Donald Trump and Mike Pence

Donald Trump has officially picked the Republican nomination for US President after a state-by-state vote at the party convention in Cleveland.

With the nomination confirmed, Donald Trump becomes the sixth GOP nominee from the state of New York; California and Ohio have fielded five candidates each since the party’s inception in 1854.

Trump joins the Empire State roll call of Theodore Roosevelt (1904), Charles Evans Hughes (1916), Wendell Wilkie (1940), Thomas Dewey (1944, 1948) and Dwight D Eisenhower (1952, 1956).

“It’s unbelievable, it’s surreal, I’m so proud of my father,” said Ivanka Trump in a CNN interview after her father officially cinched the Republican nomination for president.

Donald Trump Jr called it “one of the more surreal moments of my life” and said his nomination is “historic”.

“It’s a real movement, he’s a real person who’s gotten stuff done, and he wants to bring that to this country,” he said.

Over the past year, the property developer from New York has turned American politics upside down, seeing off seasoned political opponents with potent populist rhetoric.

Mr Trump has attracted support and disgust by combining attacks on illegal immigrants and Islamic terrorists with promises to bring back jobs lost overseas, get Mexico to build a wall and ban Muslims from the US.

As the nomination was confirmed inside the convention centre in Cleveland, the streets outside were thronged with police and protesters, both for and against the tycoon-turned-politician.

Trump will be campaining with Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential running mate, a move aimed at bringing the party closer together.

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