Trump Officially Nominated in Face of Dissenters

Donald Trump was formally declared the Republican presidential nominee on Tuesday evening at the Republican National Convention, despite some delegates opposing his nomination.

A handful of delegates unsuccessfully attempted to direct their votes to other candidates despite GOP officials declaring them bound to Trump, while others abstained from the roll call vote altogether. The proceedings followed a tense scene on Monday during which delegates unsuccessfully attempted to force a recorded vote on convention rules that could have freed them to vote for a candidate other than Trump.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), the convention chairman, was prepared for disorder ahead of Tuesday evening’s proceedings.

“I wish to remind our delegates, our alternates, and guests that maintaining order during the roll call is extremely important,” he cautioned the crowd before allowing Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), a vocal Trump backer, to formally nominate the candidate to become the GOP nominee.

At the start of the state-by-state roll call, Alaska tried to cast 12 votes for Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), 11 for Trump, and five for Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) given the results of the state’s caucuses. The convention secretary denied the request, ruling that all 28 votes go to Trump. The decision was met with resistance, with one Alaska delegate refusing to accept the ruling. (Read more from “Trump Officially Nominated in Face of Dissenters” HERE)

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