He must now convince Americans he's the best man for president.
The celebrations are over, and now it's time for the real work. The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, ended on Thursday night with an acceptance speech by GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
One person in the audience that evening was Frederick County Delegate Kelly Schulz, who says Romney must now reach out beyond the Republican Party for support, including swing states. "Virginia, four years ago, voted for Obama. The first time it's voted Democrat across the state in many, many years. So they're going to want to turn that back to the red column as well," she says.
She admits that Romney has his work cut out for him, but so does everyone else running for office. "We all know that anything could happen between here and November, and the polls are going to rise and the polls are going to fall. There's going to be ups and downs depending on the electorate and how funky they are at some point in time," she says.
Recent polls put the election at a statistical dead heat, some showing President Obama with a slight lead.
If Romney wants to win over independents, swing state voters and even some Democrats, Schulz says he has to honest. "I think honesty is going to tell exactly where were are," she says.
The Democratic Party holds its national convention next week in Charlotte, North Carolina.