Following the roll call vote around 6pm eastern time Tuesday afternoon, Mitt Romney was officially nominated as the Republican Presidential candidate and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan was officially nominated as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate.

Republican National Convention Presidential nominee vote, 2012
Candidate First Ballot Percentage
Mitt Romney 2,061 90.1%
Ron Paul 190 8.3%
Rick Santorum 9 0.39%
Michele Bachmann 1 0.04%
Jon Huntsman 1 0.04%
Buddy Roemer 1 0.04%
Abstain 23 1%
Totals 2,286 100.00%

Report from the Chicago Sun-Times:

TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night at a storm-delayed national convention scripted to propel him into a close race for the White House in tough economic times.

The former Massachusetts governor watched on television with his wife, Ann, at a hotel suite across the street from the convention hall as delegates sealed his hard-won victories in the primaries and caucuses of last winter.

New Jersey put him over the top in a ritual roll call of the states.

Minutes later, Republicans nominated Paul Ryan for vice president, completing the GOP ticket.

Republican mockery of President Barack Obama began almost instantly from the podium at a convention postponed once and dogged still by Hurricane Isaac. The Democratic president has “never run a company. He hasn’t even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand,” declared Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican Party.

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