PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ In the end, it was Wyoming that provided George W. Bush with enough delegates to secure the Republican presidential nomination.

A candidate needs 1,034 delegates. Wyoming, the home state of Bush's running mate, Dick Cheney, pushed the total to 1,042 on Wednesday.

The alphabetical roll call began Monday and was spread over several nights rather than the single marathon proceeding traditionally used by both parties.

Texas and several other key states had to take a ``pass'' during the first three nights of the roll call to allow Wyoming to give Bush the votes he needed for the nomination. Their votes were being reserved for Thursday, the final night of the convention, when the Texas governor accepts the nomination.