Over the top....
From Fox News:
Mitt Romney was formally nominated Tuesday as the Republicans’ presidential candidate, hitting the magic number of delegates late in the afternoon – capping an eight-year quest for his party’s nomination.
Shortly before 6 p.m., Romney notched the 1,144 delegates needed to claim the party nomination going into November. The New Jersey delegation delivered the final delegates that put him over the top. The proceedings, as per tradition, were part pep rally for the individual state delegations that one-by-one took the stage and jazzed up the crowd before announcing their delegate totals. But they also concluded what for Romney has been a protracted and hard-fought battle for the nomination — he is here in Tampa only after warding off a rotating field of feisty primary challengers ranging from Rick Perry to Newt Gingrich to Rick Santorum to Herman Cain.