TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his family celebrated amid a cascade of red, white and blue balloons dropping onto the stage as the party's convention closed.
Romney, flanked by his wife Ann, hugged family members as his sons and grandchildren swarmed across the stage. He was joined by vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, his wife, Janna, and children. Romney flashed a thumbs-up to friends in the crowd after his acceptance speech formally accepting his party's nomination.
The convention sets the stage for what is expected to be a bruising fall contest against President Barack Obama that polls show is a tight race