All Mitt Romney needed to do in the Texas GOP primary Tuesday was win at least 38 percent of the vote to gather enough delegates to officially clinch the nomination for President.
He pulled down 69 percent, picked up 97 of the proportionally awarded delegates and cleared the 1,144 total hurdle with numbers.
The Republican National Committee and Associated Press count shows Romney with 1,183 delegates.
“It’s over. Romney is the nominee,” GOP political strategist Jonathan Dalton told Capitol Hill Blue Tuesday night. “Ron Paul’s faithful followers can pack the remaining state conventions and caucuses until the cows come home and it won’t make a bit of difference. Republicans have made their choice and that choice is Mitt Romney.”
Romney, attending a Las Vegas fundraiser Tuesday night, acknowledged the nomination:
This was a big day by the way – 1,144. We finally got there. It’s an honor and a privilege, an honor and a privilege, and a great responsibility. And I know the road to 1,144 was long and hard, but I also know that the road to 11/06, November 6, is also going to be long, it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be worth it because we’re going to take back the White House and get America right again.
CONTINUED at Capitol Hill Blue.