By Leigh Ann Caldwell –
People cheer as the sceen displays “Over The Top” during the roll call of delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Aug. 28, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. (Credit: Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(CBS News) TAMPA, Fla. – Capping a nominating process that began in January, delegates at the Republican National Convention took the next step Tuesday evening in choosing Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee.
As a representative from each state took to the microphone – in alphabetical order – they announced the number of delegates to vote in favor of Romney. The representative also noted the number of delegates for Republican opponent Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex. (Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich released their delegates to Romney so their delegates were not announced). Delegates from New Jersey officially pushed Romney over the top.
Even though the party is going through the roll call process to nominate Romney and his chosen running-mate Paul Ryan, they won’t officially be the party’s nominees until Thursday.
A Romney campaign official explained that they’re holding off on officially nominating the duo in order to take advantage of a campaign fundraising loophole and postpone spending their general election funds until as late as possible. The moment they are nominated, they are officially running in the general election in the eyes of the Federal Election Commission and that’s when they begin to dip into his campaign’s deep pockets – estimated to be upwards of $150 million – for the final stretch.