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The 2012 Republican National Convention

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Last night, Mitt Romney wrapped up the 2012 Republican National Convention, accepting his party's nomination for president of the United States. He gave a speech that sought to sway independents, assure his base, show him as relatable, and lay out what a Romney presidency would mean. His address followed days of presentations and speeches by fellow Republicans in Tampa, Florida, where thousands of delegates gathered to give the nomination to Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan. Collected below are scenes from Tampa over the past week -- and stay tuned for for images from the Democratic National Convention, next week in North Carolina. [42 photos]

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, seen through a cascade of balloons, after the balloon drop concluding the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on August 30, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed)
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, seen through a cascade of balloons, after the balloon drop concluding the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on August 30, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed)
Michigan delegate Linda Lee Tarver poses with a sign inside the convention hall before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) #
Alan Philp from Colorado wears an elephant hat during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, on August 28, 2012. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) #
Convention goers walk through a covered pathway leading to the site of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 26, 2012. Hurricane Isaac forced Republicans to rewrite the script for their national convention in Tampa as party officials postponed much of Monday's scheduled proceedings. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) #
A convention goer wears Stars and Stripes heels during the second session of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 28, 2012. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) #
Musician Jack Blades of the bands Night Ranger and Damn Yankees rehearses for his performance before the second session of the 2012 Republican National Convention, on August 28, 2012. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) #
Mike Todd from Lawrence, Kansas displays his buttons at the Republican National Convention, on August 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) #
Delegates celebrate with "MITT!" signs as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney gets the necessary delegate votes to put him over the top and secure the Republican presidential nomination, during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 28, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
Former Republican presidential candidate, Representative Michele Bachmann, from Minnesota, talks to delegates on the floor at the Republican National Convention, on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #
A convention-goer shows his "NObama" cap during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 29, 2012. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton) #
Bradley Thompson and Laura Bowman hug after Thompson proposed to Bowman on the stage as large background screens showed his question in Tampa, on August 29, 2012. Thompson is production manager and Bowman is a production coordinator for the convention. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #
A delegate from Texas holds up a sign during the second session of the Republican National Convention, on August 28, 2012. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton) #
Natalie Lavering, from Lake Stevens, Washington, shows off her painted toenails at the Republican National Convention, on August 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #
Former Republican presidential candidate, Representative Ron Paul greets convention goers as he walks the floor before the start of the second session of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 28, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
Kyle Welch from Cambridge, Massachusetts, cheers as his 1-year-old daughter Lillian sleeps in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #
Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, waves as she takes the stage to address delegates during the Republican National Convention, on August 28, 2012 (Reuters/Mike Segar) #
Mitt Romney hugs his wife Ann, onstage at the Republican National Convention, on August 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivers the keynote address to delegates during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 28, 2012. (Reuters/Eric Thayer) #
Republican presidential candidate, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney listens as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivers the keynote address at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, on August 28, 2012. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) #
Florida Senator Marco Rubio speaks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
A video tribute to former President George W. Bush and his father, President George H.W. Bush, plays during the third session of the Republican National Convention, on August 29, 2012. (Reuters/Mike Segar) #
Texas delegates and Ron Paul supporters walk out of the Republican National Convention, on August 29, 2012. Paul's supporters were protesting a move made by party officials that stripped away half of Ron Paul's delegates. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #
A person takes a photo during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, on August 28, 2012. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) #
Ranae Lenox from Bellefontaine, Ohio, prays during benediction at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 29, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #
A delegate holds up masks of Republican vice presidential nominee, Representative Paul Ryan, in Tampa, on August 29, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker cries as Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan addresses the convention in Tampa, on August 29, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan kisses his wife Janna after his acceptance speech, on August 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) #
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney watches the Republican National Convention on television, with his grandchildren, from his Tampa hotel room, on August 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) #
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, joined by his family Charlie, Sam and Liza, wife Janna, and mother Betty Ryan Douglas, after his acceptance speech in Tampa, on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #
Delegate Debra Jean Forrest of Mesa, Arizona, wears an autographed button showing Arizona Governor Ban Brewer arguing with President Barack Obama, during the Republican National Convention, on August 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Kesling) #
Actor Clint Eastwood addresses an empty chair and questions it as if it is President Obama, as he endorses Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the final session of the Republican National Convention, on August 30, 2012. (Reuters/Eric Thayer) #
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (center) hugs a supporter as he arrives to accept the nomination in Tampa, on August 30, 2012. (Reuters/Mike Carlson) #
A view from above of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, as he arrives onstage to accept his party's nomination in Tampa, Florida, on August 30, 2012. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) #
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers his nomination acceptance speech during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, on August 30, 2012. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney delivers his nomination acceptance speech on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #
Cheryl Howell, a delegate from North Branch, Michigan, wipes tears from her eyes during the final session of the Republican National Convention, on August 30, 2012. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) #
Mitt Romney, during his nomination acceptance speech, on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and their families wave to the crowd following Romney's acceptance speech, on August 30, 2012. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images) #
Delegates celebrate amid thousands of balloons after Mitt Romney accepted the nomination during the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on August 30, 2012. (Reuters/Mike Segar) #
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan wave from the stage on August 30, 2012, at the conclusion of of the Republican National Convention. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images) #

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