At 2:40 PM Pacific Time, in an exciting state-by-state (and territory) roll call at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, Governor Mitt Romney received 2,016 votes to officially become The Republican nominee for President of the United States. By acclamation, Congressman Paul Ryan also officially became the GOP’s nominee for Vice President of the United States.
With 1,144 votes needed to seal the deal, New Jersey’s 50 votes – all of them – put Romney over the top. The roll call was halted so cheering, placard-waving delegates throughout the convention center could celebrate the milestone. It’s fitting that The Garden State did the honors since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the keynote speech tonight.
In Governor Romney’s homestate of Michigan, his brother, Scott Romney read the vote count. It was a touching moment:
Hats off to those who planned the roll call; the entire event was exciting to hear and to watch. As each state delegation was called, changes took place on the many screens enfolding the stage. The state called was highlighted in 3-D red on a U.S. map on one screen, as a subtle ticker tape ran in the background featuring the state’s name. Other screens were awash with beautiful scenery from that particular state.
I’ve personally been waiting for this moment for over ten years. Ever since seeing the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, when I saw Mitt and Ann Romney give their all to save the games, I hoped they would someday be on this presidential path.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan!
Now, on to the evening’s speeches – keynoter Chris Christie and Ann Romney!
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