Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears on stage during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
TAMPA, Fla. -- 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.
Republicans nominate Paul Ryan for vice president
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.
Mitt Romney, who was nominated minutes earlier, tapped Ryan as his running mate a little more than two weeks ago.
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.