Tampa Snags 2012 Republican Convention

They're hoping for boost in key state
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2010 9:45 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The Republican National Committee will announce Tampa as the site of its 2012 convention, in the hopes of getting a bump in Florida, sources tell Politico. Tampa was one of three finalist cities, along with Phoenix and Salt Lake City. But the immigration controversy surrounding Arizona—and its sweltering August heat—ruled out Phoenix, and Salt Lake City seemed too safe, and too white. “It comes down to Florida being a key targeted state,” said one GOP operative.

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