TAMPA, Fla. (KCBS) — Republicans nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president on Tuesday, culminating a long primary fight and setting the stage for a close contest against President Barack Obama.

In a roll call of states at the Republican National Convention, former California Gov. Pete Wilson had the honor of casting the Golden State’s 172 delegate votes for Romeny — likening him to one of California’s most famous sons, President Ronald Reagan.

“For another champion and another example of American exceptionalism, Governor Mitt Romney!” Wilson proclaimed.

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Republican voters flirted with a carousel of GOP rivals before settling on Romney, who effectively clinched the nomination in May.

All of Romney’s former GOP competitors have endorsed him, with the exception of Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

Paul did not have enough support to have his name placed in nomination, but he got some votes during the roll call.

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