Donald Trump wins nomination, could be next US President

DAY two of the Republican National Convention is underway. Donald Trump has been formally nominated as the Republican candidate for the US presidency.

Controversy is plauging the convetion after Melania Trump's speech was yesterday revealed to be strikingly similar to Michelle Obama's in 2008.

States have casted their votes, Trump has won the nomination with his home state, New York, pushing him over the line.
 

Live updates (in AEST)

7.19am: Moments after Trump got the nomination, Puerto Rico gave its delegate vote to Marco Rubio in a downcast moment, met with silence.

7.12am: New York is back, this time with Donald J. Trump Jr. representing the state, throwing Donald Trump over the line for the nomination.

"Congratulations dad we love you."

7.10am: The rock band Queen is getting increasingly frustrated by the Trump campaign after it "ignored" repeated requests to stop playing their songs.

The classic rock band says they don't want Donald Trump using their music and their publishing company says Mr Trump has not asked for permission to use the group's songs.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing - which administers Queen's catalogue including songs such as "We Are the Champion" - said in a statement on Tuesday they had repeatedly asked Mr Trump not to use the "We Are the Champions," which he played on Monday during the first day of the Republican National Convention.
 

7.08am: The Nevada representative incorrectly named Las Vegas as the capital city instead of Carson City.

7.06am: Trump's home state, New York, passes its turn in roll call vote.

6.56am: Former Trump staffer Cory Lewandowski is representing New Hampshire, where he says it's eleven votes "for my friend" Donald Trump.

6.29am: All 99 votes from Florida went to Trump.

6.24am: Colorado had a small showing for Trump support drawing boos from the large crowd.

6.22am: Efforts by some delegates to block the Republican National Convention from nominating Donald Trump for president appear finished, US Senator Mike Lee, a Trump opponent, has told Reuters.

"I don't see any way around it," the Utah lawmaker said as the Republican convention prepared to formally make Trump the nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election.

6.14am: Delegates are now casting votes or the GOP nomination. Trump is leading the votes, with Ted Cruz following.

6am: New York state Sen. Chris Collins has seconded the nomination of Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.
 


Collins - a delegate to the Republican National Convention - says Trump will build a wall to secure the U.S.-Mexican border. He says Trump will defeat terrorism and make the U.S. safe again.

South Carolina's lieutenant governor, Henry McMaster, is also voicing his support for Trump.

McMaster is one of Trump's highest-profile early endorsers and says Trump wants to go to work "for us."

Many observers wondered why McMaster - an establishment Republican - was getting behind the unconventional candidate when he endorsed Trump ahead of South Carolina's February primary. McMaster's inner circle questioned the support, and some were disappointment he hadn't picked another candidate.

10.07am: Paul Ryan begins the process of nominating Donald Trump for president

"It is my honour and pleasure to nominate Donald J Trump for the the office of president of the United States of America," says Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama, the first delegate to formally nominate Mr Trump.

"Off to a good start," quips Mr Ryan.
 

EARLIER

Police broke up scuffles between groups of demonstrators a few blocks from the Republican National Convention as crowds in the hundreds gathered Tuesday afternoon. There was no immediate word on any arrests or injuries.

A skirmish broke out when right-wing conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones started speaking in downtown's Public Square through a bullhorn. Police on bicycles pushed back a surging crowd, and Jones was whisked away.

Minutes later, more officers on bicycles formed a line between a conservative religious group and a communist-leaning organization carrying a sign that read, "America Was Never Great."

The demonstrators appeared outnumbered by police and members of the media. Police on bike and on foot formed lines to keep pockets of protesters separated.

Demonstrators soon spilled into the streets, and some appeared to be making their way toward the arena where the convention is being held.
 

The crowds and the police presence were some of the largest and most raucous gatherings in downtown Cleveland since the convention got underway Monday.

Cleveland's police chief was talking to the crowd before one of the skirmishes broke out.

Earlier Tuesday, officials said 11 members of the planning team for the California delegation to the Republican convention were recovering from a bout of norovirus, or what's commonly known as stomach flu, health officials said. No delegates appeared to be affected.

The symptoms, which can include vomiting and diarrhea, were first reported Thursday as logistics members arrived at a hotel about an hour west of Cleveland ahead of the Republican National Convention, said Pete Schade, Erie County health commissioner.

Those who got sick are keeping themselves isolated in their rooms, Schade said, and the Ohio Health Department is trying to identify the source. Norovirus can be contracted from an infected person, from contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Ohio Health Department spokesman Russ Kennedy confirmed there was at least one suspected norovirus case and said the victim was apparently infected before arriving in Ohio, based on when the person fell ill.

Cynthia Bryant, executive director of the California GOP, told delegation members to wash their hands frequently, avoid shaking hands and not to share food.
 

 

As the second day of the convention got underway, three people were arrested and charged with criminal mischief for climbing flagpoles outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum early in the morning and hanging an anti-Donald Trump banner. Firefighters took it down.

The museum said in statement that while the rock hall is an "icon of free speech," officials discourage "illegal actions that stress our first responders."

Also Tuesday, Cleveland's police chief said 300 officers from more than a dozen law enforcement agencies are patrolling on bicycles in downtown Cleveland during the convention. Supporters of bike patrols say they make officers more maneuverable and less threatening-looking.

On Monday, the first day of rallies outside the convention featured angry words and a small number of demonstrators openly carrying guns as allowed under Ohio law, but none of the violence many feared could erupt in this summer of violence in the U.S. and overseas.

"So far, so good," Police Chief Calvin Williams said Monday evening.


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