Monday, February 1, 2010

Report: Tampa on short list for 2012 GOP convention (UPDATED)

Tampa has made the list of final four cities being considered to host the Republican National Convention in 2012, according to the St. Petersburg Times' political blog.

No word on who the other finalists might be, but the Salt Lake Tribune reported over the weekend that Salt Lake City also is on the list. Other cities that were believed to have put in bids include Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Antonio, Houston and Indianapolis.

Holding the convention in Florida - albeit in the middle of hurricane season - might appeal to a Republican party looking to wrestle back the White House from Barack Obama.

Undoubtedly, Florida will again be a key battleground in the race.

But maybe not if a Sunshine State favorite launches a presidential bid in 2012.

UPDATED, 6 p.m. EST - Phoenix reportedly is also a finalist.

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