Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Key facts about the Republican National Convention in Tampa

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Key dates

Mid July to early August: Secret Service expected to announce road closures around the Tampa Bay Times Forum. From this, it should be possible to deduce the footprint of the so-called security perimeter.

Aug. 26: Welcome party for delegates and media at Tropicana Field.

Aug. 27-30: Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa.

Sept. 3-6: Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Oct. 15: Tampa Bay Host Committee files fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission.

Nov. 6: General election.

By the numbers

50,000

Expected visitors, including 10,000 VIPs, such as members of Congress and assorted dignitaries

5,600

Delegates and alternates to the convention

50

Current number of delegates for Florida, cut in half for violating party primary scheduling rules

15,000

Credentialed media

10,000-15,000

Estimated number of protesters expected; only a small percentage are expected to be the anarchists that police fear will try to disrupt the event

$1.272M

License fee that the Tampa Bay Host Committee is paying Tampa for the use of the Tampa Convention Center as the official media center for the convention

$55M

Fundraising goal of the Tampa Bay Host Committee

$50M

Federal grant to the city of Tampa to pay for convention-related security

3,000-4,000

Number of police officers (both local and out-of-town) expected to be required each day of the convention

3,000

Approximate number of law enforcement officers expected to be hired from outside the Tampa Bay area to help police the convention

1,500

Estimated number of hotel rooms those out-of-town officers will need

$2M

Cost of hotel accommodations for out-of-town officers

$1M

City of Tampa budget for feeding police during the convention

$2M

City spending on about 60 surveillance cameras to be installed around the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the convention

1,700

Florida National Guard troops expected to be deployed in support roles during the convention

300

Number of charter buses that will carry delegates and other conventioneers around Tampa Bay

73

Venues on hold for delegations, associations, media organizations, others to book for parties, etc.

7,500

Volunteers needed to help during the convention

1972

Last time a national political convention was held in Florida (Both conventions that year took place in Miami Beach)

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The delegate count

Needed to nominate1,144
Total delegate votes2,286
Chosen thus far1,512
Yet to be chosen774
Candidate Total
Mitt Romney 989
Rick Santorum* 265
Newt Gingrich* 130
Ron Paul 106

*Suspended campaign

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