CLEVELAND — The Republican Party has nominated Donald Trump for president.

House Speaker Paul Ryan formally declared Trump the winner of the Republican presidential nomination.

Now the New York billionaire has completed a remarkable rise from political outsider to major party nominee for the White House. 

Donald Trump's son, Donald Jr., cast the final votes his father needed to become the Republican presidential nominee.

The younger Trump was on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and told the excited activists in the auditorium that New York was casting 89 votes for Trump and six for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Early on, Republican convention officials gave some delegates won by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich to Donald Trump. 

-- Vote Totals --

• Trump: 1,725
• Cruz: 475
• Kasich: 120
• Rubio: 114
• Carson: 7
• Bush: 3
• Paul: 2

Rubio won the District of Columbia convention and got 10 delegates. Kasich came in second and got nine. That's how the district's delegation announced its tally from the floor of the convention. 

Earlier Tuesday, some Republicans were saying Cruz's supporters wanted to gather enough signatures to allow the Texan to be nominated. 

Being officially nominated means a candidate is entitled to have supporters deliver a nominating and seconding speech. But Trump's campaign and GOP officials eager for a show of unity behind Trump worked to head that off.

-- Trump Weighs in on GOP's Presidential Nomination --

Trump said he's proud to be the Republican presidential nominee.

Trump is offering his first words to the party convention after being declared the nominee. He says in a video played in the convention hall that he's honored to have Mike Pence as his running mate and that the Indiana governor will make a "great, great vice president."

Trump says he'll appear with Pence in Cleveland on both Wednesday and Thursday. He says they'll win Ohio and the presidency.

Trump is promising to bring "real change and leadership" to Washington.

-- Gov. Mike Pence Gets GOP's VP Nomination --

Mike Pence has been nominated as the Republican vice presidential candidate — and Donald Trump's running mate.

The Indiana governor was declared the nominee by acclimation -- meaning no formal roll call vote is needed. That ruling came from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he presided over the party's convention.

McConnell says Pence has the "overwhelming support of this convention" to be the next vice president.

Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb -- who put Pence's name in nomination -- said Pence has overseen record investments in education and eliminated red tape for businesses. He says under Pence's leadership, more Indiana residents are working and the tech sector is experiencing "explosive" growth.

-- GOP Leaders Work to Unite Party Behind Trump --

Republican congressional leaders are assuring party delegates that having Donald Trump in the White House will help achieve key GOP legislative objectives.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke at the convention Tuesday and said Trump will sign bills to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, build the Keystone pipeline and deny Planned Parenthood any federal money.

McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan also are delivering broadsides against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrats.

McConnell said Clinton has "a tortured relationship to the truth."

He told delegates that scandal follows Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton "like flies."

The Kentucky senator said he's spent more time around the Clintons than anyone should ever have to spend.

McConnell said he's disagreed with Obama, but that at least Obama was upfront about his intentions "to move America to the left."

Ryan told the RNC crowd that Clinton represents a third term of Obama's presidency instead of the "clean break from a failed system" that many Americans want.

The Wisconsin Republican said next week's Democratic convention will be a "four-day infomercial of politically correct moralizing."

Ryan said that only by electing Trump and running mate Mike Pence does the country "have a chance at a better way."

-- Gov. Chris Christie Says Hillary Clinton Should Be Held Responsible --

Republicans were breaking out into chants of "lock her up" as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried to impugn Hillary Clinton's character in his speech to the RNC.

Christie said as a former federal prosecutor, he wants to hold Clinton accountable for her actions. He said he's laying out what he says are facts about her to "a jury of her peers."

Guilty or not guilty -- that's what Christie is asking his audience for a verdict about Clinton on her leadership on the Islamic State group, China, and an al-Qaida-linked group in Nigeria.

Each time, delegates responded with boisterous chants of "guilty."

Christie said Clinton also is responsible for a bad nuclear deal with Iran.

He told the crowd of delegates that she lied to the nation about "her selfish, awful judgment."

Christie -- who fell short in his GOP presidential bid -- said voters shouldn't elect Clinton as president and reward what he calls her incompetence.

Christie is firmly behind Trump, and said he's been friends with him for 14 years.

-- Trump's Children Speak to their Father's Business Skills and Character --

Donald Trump's son Donald Jr. is citing his father's business acumen and says that for his father, "impossible is just the starting point."

The younger Trump told the delegates at the Republican National Convention that his father approaches business projects the same way he has approached his campaign and life in general.

Donald Jr. said that's why his father was able to defeat 16 other Republicans in the primary campaign, despite never having run for office.

He said the question in this election is who has the judgment to lead. He says Democrat Hilary Clinton is a risk the country can't afford to take.

Tiffany Trump said her father, Donald Trump, is a "natural-born encourager" who's motivated her to work her hardest.

The 22-year-old told the Republican National Convention about her father's character, and recalling how he'd notes on her report cards. She says she still has them.

Tiffany Trump said the Trump way is to hold nothing back and never let fear get in the way. She said he's the last person who'd ever tell someone to lower their sights or give up on their dream.

-- Disturbance outside of convention walls -

Earlier Tuesday afternoon police in Cleveland have broken up a couple of skirmishes between demonstrators outside the Republican National Convention.

Police with bicycles pushed back a surging crowd, and Jones was quickly whisked away. Minutes later, more officers on bicycles formed a line between a group supporting the Communist Party and a conservative religious group.

There was no immediate word on arrests or injuries.

After a chaotic start, Donald Trump is under pressure to steady his Republican conventionas a plagiarism charge and other unforced errors threaten to overshadow GOP efforts to unify behind him.

Still, barring last minute complications, the unorthodox billionaire will end the night Tuesday as the Republican Party's official White House nominee.

This week's four-day convention is Trump's highest-profile opportunity to convince voters that he's better suited for the presidency than Democrat Hillary Clinton. But the rocky start raises fresh questions about his oversight of his campaign, which gives voters a window into how a candidate might handle the pressures of the presidency.

The plagiarism accusations center on Monday night's well-received speech by Trump's wife, Melania Trump. Two passages --each 30 words or longer -- matched a 2008 Democratic convention address by Michelle Obama nearly word-for-word.

Trump's campaign managed only to keep the controversy alive on Day 2 of the convention by insisting there was no evidence of plagiarism, while offering no explanation for how the strikingly similar passages wound up in Mrs. Trump's address. The matter consumed news coverage from Cleveland, obscuring Mrs. Trump's broader effort to show her husband's softer side.

"This is totally blown out of proportion," Trump adviser Paul Manafort told The Associated Press. "They're not even sentences. They're literally phrases. I was impressed somebody did their homework to think that that could be possibly done."For day two, the theme is “Make America Work Again.”

-- Clinton: RNC is 'lots of sound and fury' --

Hillary Clinton says the Republican National Convention has thus far been "surreal'' and is comparing the event to the classic fantasy film "Wizard of Oz.'' Clinton on Tuesday described the confab in Cleveland so far as, "lots of sound and fury, even a fog machine." 

She added that "when you pull back the curtain, it was just Donald Trump with nothing to offer to the American people.'' 

Clinton was speaking in Las Vegas to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a trade union, as Republicans prepared to formally nominate Trump for president.