Trump officially claims Republican nomination

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Donald Trump, whose outsider campaign both galvanized millions of voters and divided the Republican Party, is officially the 2016 GOP presidential nominee.

The billionaire businessman reached the 1,237 delegates he needed to clinch the nomination when his son, Donald Trump, Jr., cast the votes for the New York delegation.

“Congratulations Dad, we love you,” Donald Trump Jr. yelled while announcing that the state would award 89 votes to his father.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions put Trump’s name up for the nomination shortly before 6 p.m.

The nomination was seconded by New York Rep. Chris Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse him.

“Donald Trump is the singular leader that can get this country back on track,” Sessions said while nominating Trump.

Despite the at-times contentious atmosphere, Trump was never in jeopardy of the type of floor fight talked frequently about during GOP primary battle.

And none of the theatrical tactics discussed by anti-Trump factions came to pass.

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