Cleveland - The majority of Georgia's delegation to the Republican National Convention cast their votes Tuesday for Donald Trump, who was expected to formally win his party's nomination.
Georgia's delegates are bound by law to cast their votes according to the result of the state's March 1 primary, which meant Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won 18 delegates and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got 16. Trump, who won the state's primary with about 40 percent of the vote, netted the other 42.
The businessman won’t officially become the Republican Party’s nominee until he accepts the title on Thursday night, but Tuesday’s vote is expected to mark the death of the last-ditch attempts to block his nomination. Several delegations, including Colorado's slate, gave their votes to rival candidates.
Georgia GOP chair John Padgett capped his brief announcement by roaring "Goooo Dawgs."
Trump’s critics have tried to derail the Republican National Convention, including a revolt Monday over a rules change that could have jeopardized his nomination, and many in the state's delegation still struggle over how enthusiastically to support his campaign.
But much of the party has rallied around him, whether it be because they embrace his populist message or fear a victory by Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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