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Tampa residents expect good things of 2012 Republican National Convention, poll finds

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January

Good for Tampa Bay. Maybe not a big deal for you personally — unless you live or work downtown.

Those are the two most common expectations that Tampa residents have for this year's Republican National Convention, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 poll.

Half of the 304 residents polled said the convention, scheduled for Aug. 27-30 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, will help the region.

At the same time, 42 percent don't expect the convention to directly affect their lives. Residents who live or work near downtown Tampa foresee the biggest impact.

"I live two blocks from the convention center. I work two blocks from the convention center," Channelside resident Randy Burns said. "I think it will make it a bit harder" to get around, "but I'm not complaining."

That's because convention organizers expect direct spending to reach or exceed $175 million. Full story here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 5:21am]

    

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