After outbreak of dissent, Trump powers toward the prize

CLEVELAND (AP) — Barring a last-minute jolt to the proceedings, Donald Trump is about to attain his party’s presidential nomination.

This, despite efforts to stop him that spilled messily into the opening of the Republican National Convention. As his wife, Melania, put it from the stage on Monday night, “It would not be a Trump contest without excitement and drama.”

Instead of a manicured message of unity, viewers saw the fractured face of a party still coming to grips with Trump as nominee. But the roll call of states Tuesday night is on track to deliver him the prize.

The convention’s opening night had a high note as Mrs. Trump spoke on behalf of her husband. But two passages from her speech strikingly resembled words spoken by Michelle Obama in 2008.