After almost a full year on the campaign trail, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has finally been unofficially crowned the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

Romney led the pack when he announced his second run for the White House last June, and he has watched his rivals for the nomination slowly trickle out as their own wins looked increasingly unlikely.

The delegates necessary to put him over the 1,144 necessary for the GOP nomination came in Texas, the lone state to vote this week. Romney entered the day 78 delegates away from the magic number, and on Tuesday CNN projected he would win the state’s GOP presidential primary. 152 of the state’s 155 delegates were at stake.