UPDATED July 20, 1:05 a.m. ET
No number of Anti-Trump republicans or #NeverTrump delegate protests at the first night of the Republican National Convention thwarted Donald Trump’s path to the GOP nomination. On Tuesday Trump officially became the party's presidential nominee after securing the necessary delegate votes, votes some said were wrongfully awarded to Trump.
Trump clinched the nomination thanks to New York's delegates cast for Trump putting him at over the 1,237 delegates needed. Trump's son Eric made the announcement for the final delegates from their home state of New York.
The 2016 GOP presidential nominee responded to news of the nomination by tweeting that winning was an "honor." In a later interview with CNN he said winning the GOP nomination was something he will "never, ever forget."
Such a great honor to be the Republican Nominee for President of the United States. I will work hard and never let you down! AMERICA FIRST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made the official announcement about Trump's nomination.
GOP voters took to Twitter to voice their discontent for the RNC awarding Trump delegates they claimed he didn't earn.
85% of DC Republican voters rejected Trump at the polls. He didn't win a single delegate. But the #GOPconvention just awarded him all 19.— Kris Hammond (@KrisHammond) July 19, 2016
ALERT: The delegates say they're votes were split between candidates but they were tallied as all for Donald Trump against their rules— Jessica Denson (@Newsie2) July 19, 2016
It is so sad to see #RNCinCLE can't handle competition in the party. RNC won't count votes the way cast on the floor. Shameful!— Deb Rey (@RealDebRey) July 19, 2016
So how exactly could the RNC award a state’s delegate votes to Trump despite them being given to another candidate? According to the The Salt Lake Tribune, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus explained to the RNC audience why the votes of four states for candidates besides Trump, including Utah, which awarded all 40 of its votes to Sen. Ted Cruz, were still awarded to Trump. A GOP rule states delegate votes will only count toward the candidate still in the race, in this case Trump, reported The Salt Lake Tribune.
Hillary Clinton has already responded to news of Trump's nomination:
Let's do this. pic.twitter.com/DtYYBDTWE6— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 19, 2016
On Tuesday night Trump's vice presidential pick Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was also officially nominated as vice president. Pence, the GOP, and more reacted to the official nomination.
For attendees, the second day of the convention had two big highlights in addition to Trump securing the nomination. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gave a speech that was met with an extremely positive reaction, despite some analysts saying that its criticisms of President Obama could easily be applied to Trump as well.
In addition, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a rousing speech attacking Hillary Clinton, using his background as a former prosecutor to lay out a detailed "case" against her. A transcript can be found here.
However, not everyone was buying Christie's case.
Clinton herself was particularly unimpressed, and alluded to Christie's own recent political scandals.
The RNC continues for day three tomorrow.