Republicans Nominate Romney & Ryan

He's had it locked up for months, but Republicans convening in Tampa, Fla., have formally nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.

In a roll call of states, New Jersey put Romney over the top. Romney finished with 2,061, well over the 1,144 needed to claim the nomination.

Rival Ron Paul got 190 votes in the roll call. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum got nine votes while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Michelle Bachmann and former Louisiana Gov. Charles "Buddy" Roemer each got one each.

The vote brought to an end a long primary fight and set the stage for a close contest against President Barack Obama. All of Romney's former rivals, except Paul, have endorsed him.

Republicans have nominated Rep. Paul Ryan for vice president, rounding out the GOP ticket that will challenge President Barack Obama in November.

Ryan was nominated by acclamation at the GOP convention on Tuesday. There were no other candidates.

Ryan, of Wisconsin, has earned a reputation as a fiscal hawk in Congress, earning praise from conservatives and ire from liberals as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

At 42, Ryan has vast Washington experience, serving as a young Capitol Hill staffer before being elected to Congress, where he has served for 14 years.


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