Mitt Romney becomes official Republican candidate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks as vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., listens during a campaign rally on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 in Powell, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republicans have nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, culminating a long primary fight and setting the stage for a close contest against President Barack Obama.

In a roll call of states Tuesday, New Jersey put Romney over the top, giving him the prize that eluded him four years ago. Romney is scheduled to accept his party's nomination in a speech Thursday night.

Republican voters flirted with a carousel of GOP rivals before settling on Romney, who effectively clinched the nomination in May. All of Romney's former GOP competitors have endorsed him, with the exception of Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Paul did not have enough support to have his name placed in nomination, but he got votes in roll call.

After a one-day weather delay, the Republican National Convention is in full swing -- attended by delegates in the usual funny hats and patriotic attire.

The candidate's wife, Ann, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are the evening's main speakers.

Mrs. Romney will be working to present her husband to the nation as more than just a successful businessman and former governor. Mitt Romney has spent part of the day today at two fundraisers in Tampa.

In a meeting with Michigan delegates today ahead of his keynote speech tonight, Christie said it's more important to have a president who is effective than one who is likeable.

The convention is moving forward under its revised schedule, after a one-day delay due to Hurricane Isaac.

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