The roll call of the states took place Tuesday afternoon, as John Sununu, a former New Hampshire governor and a dean of the Republican Party, formally placed Mitt Romney’s name into nomination and hailed him as a leader who can “fix the unfixable.”
Romney and his wife watched from their nearby hotel suite as New Jersey put him over the threshold of necessary delegates for the nomination at 5:40 p.m. The convention hall erupted in cheers, and the crowd chanted, “Mitt, Mitt, Mitt,” but it was not a unanimous response from the delegates, including some who folded their arms.
When John A. Boehner, the speaker of the House, arrived on stage to read the final tally from all of the states and U.S. territories, Romney had recorded 2,061 delegates. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, whose libertarian views have earned him a fervently loyal following, won 197 delegates as well as applause from his vocal supporters on the convention floor at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, one of the party’s leading voices on reshaping the size and role of government, was unanimously nominated as the Republican vice-presidential candidate.
The vote for Romney on Tuesday was simply a ratification of what Republican primary voters settled five months ago, but it reprised the hard feelings from some delegates, particularly those who traveled here to support Paul. The Associated Press