"We fully expect with Mitt Romney winning today that the convention, he'll also get the formal nod and that's what everyone expects I believe," says Oneida County GOP Chairman George Mitchell
Mitchell is confident Romney will secure the votes he needs to formally mark the end of the primary.
" When you have a strong candidate comes out a clear winner through all the primaries as Mitt is coming out, typically the convention is relatively smooth and that person comes out the candidate," says Mitchell.
Romney needs just 58 of the 152 delegates at stake in Texas to reach the 1,144 necessary for the GOP nomination. 1,144: it's the magic number, but what does reaching this number really mean?
Mitchell says, "It's an important number, it indicates the strength of the candidate, it's the people that vote speaking who they want, and at the delegation, it typically goes that way."
Mohawk Valley Community College Political Science Professor Jody Hicks says despite tonight's primary results, candidates must wait until the August convention to become official candidates.
"He is the presumptive nominee, he's not the official nominee. Even Obama is not the official nominee yet. He has to wait for the convention and then the delegates will come together, and at that point is when we have the official nominee," says Hicks.
Although there is no certainty until the convention, Professor Hicks says the outcome is quite predictable.
"It's pretty much a sure thing. Nobody anticipates anything crazy happening. Everyone anticipates the two candidates will be Obama and Romney."
If all goes as expected tonight, Mitt Romney will make history as the first Mormon Presidential nominee and he will of course be running against the first African American p]President.