Report: Tampa will get 2012 RNC convention

May 11th, 2010 by

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/TAMPA – Several political blogs are reporting that the city of Tampa will be chosen to host the 2012 Republican National Convention.

The RNC has not made it official yet, as the vote and subsequent announcement is scheduled for Wednesday.

Tampa is up against Phoenix, Ariz. and Salt Lake City, Utah. Online outlets say Phoenix will likely lose the bid because of the recent heat Arizona has been getting for their newly passed immigration law. Local news reports from Salt Lake City are also pointing to Tampa as the winner.

The RNC turned down Tampa in 2004 and 2008, instead hosting their nominating conventions in New York City and St. Paul, Minn.

“It’s very important that they pick a venue and a state that is a swing state,” Al Austin, chairman of Tampa’s host committee, said in March. “There’s no other state in the country that’s more important than Florida, in my opinion.”

Boosters say Tampa’s new riverfront park, art and history museums, and Florida’s continued role as a swing state are reasons why Tampa appears to be the frontrunner for 2012.

The RNC usually asks the host city to foot some of the costs for the convention, but due to the current economic state, that will not be the case this time around.

The convention has a budget of more than $100 million, much of which comes from private donations.


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