Donald Trump's son, Donald, Jr., as a delegate from New York, casts the votes that secure his father the Republican party's presidential nomination Tuesday night in Cleveland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). After eliminating 16 party rivals, warring with much of the Republican establishment and provoking controversy at the party convention, Donald Trump on Tuesday officially became the Republican nominee for the White House. Trump's eldest son, Donald, Junior, as a delegate for Trump's home state of New York, cast the votes that officially put his father's nomination over the threshold needed to secure the nomination. The party began a formal roll-call vote to put Trump's name in nomination one day after opponents staged a failed attempt to force a vote opposing his candidacy, and a speech by his wife Melanie drew accusations of plagiarism. Despite threats of another chaotic day, anti-Trump Republican U.S. Senator Mike Lee said efforts by some delegates to block Trump's nomination appeared finished. Senator Jeff Sessions, an early backer of Trump, placed the New York businessman's name in nomination, calling him "a warrior and a winner." House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest ranking elected Republican, ran the meeting and launched the nominating process. Trump's campaign has been marked by frequent controversy over his rhetoric on Muslims, Hispanics, illegal immigration and trade, alarming many in the Republican establishment, and keeping some prominent Republicans from attending the convention.