GOP chairman issues official 'call to the convention'
With a day to spare, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus Friday issued the GOP's official "Call to the Convention" for next year's Republican National Convention in Tampa.
The convention, scheduled for Aug. 27-30 at the St. Pete Times Forum, is expected to draw 2,286 delegates and 50,000 assorted convention-goers to Tampa.
Under the party's rules, the call must include the official delegate count for each state, including any penalties assessed.
Florida is losing 49 delegates as a penalty for scheduling its Jan. 31 primary earlier than party rules allow. That leaves the state with a total of 50 delegates. Also seeing their delegations cut in half are Arizona and Michigan, which will each lose 29 delegates, New Hampshire (losing 12 delegates) and South Carolina (losing 25 delegates).
The call must go out prior to Jan. 1, 2012, according to the GOP's rules.
"The Call is an invitation to the Republican voters of America to participate in our party's process for nominating our candidates for president and vice-president by selecting delegates to the Republican National Convention," Priebus said in a prepared statement.
He added: “I would like to thank Priscilla Rakestraw for her hard work as the chair of the Committee on the Call, as well as the 168 Republican National Committee members who helped to approve the final call to the convention.
"Under the leadership of the Committee on Arrangements, headed by chairman Alec Poitevint, preparations for a world-class convention are well underway. When our convention begins on Aug. 27, our 2,286 delegates and 50,000 convention-goers will find an event worthy of the next president of the United States.
"The St. Pete Times Forum will be transformed to offer an unparalleled convention experience, while the neighboring Tampa Bay Convention Center will provide the media workspace.
"We look forward to welcoming our delegates and attendees to Tampa Bay in August, as we continue our important work of sending a Republican president to the White House."