NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - We find out what Nacogdoches and Angelina Republican Party chairs want the next few nights to accomplish a very important goal for the GOP.
Day one of the Republican National Convention started out as expected - with controversy. Some anti-Trump Republicans, including some from Texas, attempted to change convention rules to block Trump's nomination. Republican Party chairs from Angelina and Nacogdoches counties are pleased the action failed.
"Apparently they tried to get that through yesterday early on and I believe that would be a big mistake," said Donald Baum, he Angelina County Republican Party chair.
"There was a lot of contention and I think that there are a lot of hard feelings," said Andrew Hidgon, the Nacogdoches County Republican Party chair. "However, the start of the convention will be the start of the party coming together."
Party unity is the goal. Analysts commented on attempts to present a softer, more personal side of Trump, especially by his wife Melania Trump. Party leaders think it's working.
"I think a lot of that unity was taken care of in the speeches last night," Baum said.
"Whether you agree with all his policies or not, we're Republicans," Hidgon said. "This is our candidate. Let's get behind him. Some are going to have a harder time doing that than others."
They're possibly the ones still trying to get used to Trump's showy presentations, such as stepping out onto a backlit stage on the very first night.
"I thought it was just classic Trump, you know," Hidgon said. He's always been that persona. Very bombastic character. He's got a very energetic personality.
The question, "Will it carry him onto the presidency?" is one voters must answer.
"He's very much a showman," Hidgon said. "And I like that about him."
There's been much talk about Melania Trump plagiarizing an earlier speech given by Michelle Obama. Hidgon blamed the media for all the hype.