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Trump Expected to Be Named Candidate

After eliminating 16 party rivals, warring with much of the Republican establishment and provoking controversy at the party convention, Donald Trump on Tuesday formally became the Republican nominee for the White House as New York's delegates pushed him over the edge.

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 Melania drew accusations of plagiarism.

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.

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The alphabetical roll call vote began with Alabama.

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.

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.

Party officials are hoping to use the four-day convention, which began on Monday, to smooth out some of his rough edges and present him as a job creator and a strong hand to combat security threats at home and abroad.

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Journalists focus their cameras towards a protest march by various groups, including "Black Lives Matter" and "Shut Down Trump and the RNC," ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Activists carry a prop during a protest march by various groups, including "Black Lives Matter" and "Shut Down Trump and the RNC," ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Demonstrators wave the Palestinian flag and chant slogans during a march by various groups, including "Black Lives Matter" and "Shut Down Trump and the RNC" ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An activist with Code Pink poses next to police on bicycles monitoring a protest march by various groups, including "Black Lives Matter" and "Shut Down Trump and the RNC" ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Protester Ingrid Vaca demonstrates outside Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters, where Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump was meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
A masked protester demonstrates outside Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters, where Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump was meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
A Code Pink protestor shouts during the evening session of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A anti-global warming protester holds up a placard in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Republican National Convention site July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Protestors march on the End Poverty Now demonstration on the first day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) on July 18, 2016 in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in downtown Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The convention runs through July 21. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: A member of the activist group Code Pink demonstrates near the site of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Protestors are staging demonstrations outside of the Republican National Convention which starts on Monday July 18 and runs through July 21. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Protesters march while holding 'Stop Trump' signs during a demonstration at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. Republican factions trying to stop Donald Trump's nomination noisily disrupted a vote on party convention rules, displaying the fissures in the party on the first day of its national convention. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Protesters from the 'End Poverty Now, March for Economic Justice,' makes its way downtown on the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 18, 2016. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - CodePink demonstrators protest at an anti-Donald Trump rally in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Quicken Loans Arena site of the Republican National Convention July 18, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator walks with a sex doll reading 'Trump Pence 2016' during an anti-Donald Trump rally in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Quicken Loans Arena site of the Republican National Convention July 18, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 17: A protester wears a sticker on her mouth during a demonstration near the site of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Protestors are staging demonstrations ahead of the start of the Republican National Convention which starts on Monday July 18. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 17: Demonstrators march through downtown ahead of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 17: Demonstrators march through downtown ahead of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 17: Demonstrators march through downtown ahead of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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CHALLENGING CLINTON

Speaker after speaker on Monday took aim at presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, presenting her as out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans and the inheritor of President Barack Obama's "oppressive" government.

The theme of Tuesday's convention was "Make America Work Again," and speakers were to take aim at Obama's record on the economy.

After the roll-call vote of the states, Trump was to receive the blessing on stage of other senior Republicans, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Both Ryan and McConnell need Trump to do well in the November election as they seek to preserve majorities in Congress.

Trump, a 70-year-old real estate developer and former reality TV star who has never held elective office, trails Clinton, 68, in many opinion polls after a bruising Republican primary season.

Clinton was due to be formally nominated at a Democratic convention next week in Philadelphia.

Republicans, meeting for the second of four days this week, were due also to place in nomination Indiana Governor Mike Pence, 57, Trump's choice for vice presidential running mate.

SPEECH CONTROVERSY

In Melania Trump's roughly 15-minute address on Monday night, a small section closely resembled a part of Michelle Obama's speech in 2008 in support of her husband, Barack Obama, who was then campaigning for his first term as president.

In that section, Melania Trump, a Slovenian-born jewelry designer and former model, talked about passing on to the next generation the value of hard work that she inherited from her parents and said "the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his wife Melania attend the evening session of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. / AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gets a kiss from his wife Melania after she concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Melania Trump gestures at her husband Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump as they leave the stage, after she concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump escorts his wife Melania after her speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures at his wife Melania after she concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets his wife Melania after her speech during the evening session of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania after she concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican Party opened its national convention, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Trump himself made no mention of the accusations about plagiarism, saying simply: "It was truly an honor to introduce my wife, Melania Trump last night. Her speech and demeanor were absolutely incredible. Very proud!"

Security forces were on high alert in Cleveland. Wright State University, a public university located near Dayton, Ohio, said on Tuesday it had decided not to host the first U.S. presidential debate scheduled for Sept. 26, citing mounting costs and security concerns. The event will now be held at Hofstra University in New York.

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