What officially makes Romney the Republican Party‘s nominee for the presidential election?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since Governor Romney has secured the required number of delegates who have committed to him in the course of the Republican Primaries, the only step left is for those delegates to officially voice their support for the Governor at the Republican National Convention in August.  The Republican National Convention held in Tampa this year is the formal location where Governor Romney will become the Republican nominee for President.  It is called by the Republican Party and has gotten to a point to be anti-climatic, as most conventions are at this point in the election cycle.  The convention is called by the leadership of a particular party.  It is an opportunity for the party to finalize what they consider to be important points to be considered as part of their political platform and also gives the party an opportunity to mobilize their efforts for the election in November.  The final days of the convention is where there is the delegates from each state formally announce their support behind the eventual nominee.  This gives the delegates a chance to advance the causes of their home states while putting forth their national nominee for President.  Governor Romney will then spend the last night of the convention formally accepting his party's nomination to be a candidate for President of the United States.