Donald Trump Formally Clinches GOP Nomination

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Written by Andrea Asuaje

By Andrea Asuaje
BU News Service

After months of campaigning, controversy and incendiary speeches and tweets, Donald Trump is no longer the presumptive Republican nominee for president. He is the GOP’s official candidate.

Delegates from each state and U.S. territory announced the delegate votes Tuesday night — all with a side of state pride. Donald Trump, Jr., who is a delegate for Trump’s home state of New York, delivered the final votes necessary for his father to seal the nomination.

“It’s not a campaign anymore. It’s a movement,” Trump Jr., said of his father’s race to the White House.

Once Trump was announced as “over the top,” the Quicken Loans Arena exploded in cheers as a band played Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”

Nancy Calhoun, an alternate delegate, said the votes were overwhelmingly for Trump on the floor. She was excited to call Trump the GOP nominee for president.

“I’ve been a Trump supporter from the beginning. From the state of New York,” Calhoun said. “I honestly think he will be our next president.”

How Massachusetts voted:

The Massachusetts delegation gave Trump 22 votes, four votes for Senator Ted Cruz, four votes for Senator Marco Rubio and eight votes for Governor John Kasich.

“And guess what? They may have said we are the bluest state in the union, but we are casting 22 delegate votes for Mr. Donald J. Trump. And we’re going to watch him make America great again come November,” said Massachusetts delegate Parson Hicks, who delivered the announcement.

How other New England states voted:

Connecticut: All 28 delegates go to Trump.

Maine: 12 votes for Cruz, nine votes for Trump and two votes for Kasich.

New Hampshire: 11 votes for Trump, three votes for Jeb Bush, three votes for Cruz and two votes for Rubio. New Hampshire’s announcement was made by Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager and Granite State native.

Rhode Island: 12 votes for Trump, five votes for Kasich and two votes for Cruz.

Vermont: 13 votes for Trump, two votes for Senator Rand Paul and one vote for Kasich.

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