Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Key facts about the Republican National Convention in Tampa

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


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


Delegates and alternates to the convention


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


Credentialed media


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


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


Fundraising goal of the Tampa Bay Host Committee


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


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


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


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


Cost of hotel accommodations for out-of-town officers


City of Tampa budget for feeding police during the convention


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


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


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


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


Volunteers needed to help during the convention


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

Want to volunteer?

Go to and click on "Volunteers" or email volunteer@

Every day we sort out the truth in politics. For updates on the speeches, attacks and TV ads, go to

The delegate count

Needed to nominate 1,144
Total delegate votes 2,286
Chosen thus far 1,512
Yet to be chosen 774
Candidate Total
Mitt Romney 989
Rick Santorum* 265
Newt Gingrich* 130
Ron Paul 106

*Suspended campaign

Key facts about the Republican National Convention in Tampa 05/18/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 18, 2012 7:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. For starters: Rays at Pirates, with Blake Snell on the mound


    LHP Blake Snell returns to the majors for the Rays tonight after a six-week stint at Triple-A Durham, confident changes to his mechanics will lead to more strike-throwing and an increase in confidence will make him more successful.

  2. YouTube's Minecraft sensation Dan TDM brings live show to Clearwater


    Dan Middleton's YouTube channel has had more than 10 billion views since 2012.

    Dan Middleton's Dan TDM live tour is set to stop in Clearwater on Sunday. [Photo by Emily Herogian]
  3. Lightning's Mathieu Joseph on the rise at development camp


    BRANDON — The last 12 months have been quite the ride for Mathieu Joseph.

    Mathieu Joseph checks Carolina's Jake Bean during a preseason game in September in Tampa.
  4. Pinellas legislators talk governor's race, policy at delegation breakfast


    If anybody was expecting state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, to quit being coy and and announce his bid for the 2018 governor's race to the friendly crowd at Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative delegation breakfast Wednesday, they left disappointed.

  5. DOT shows alternatives to former Tampa Bay Express toll lanes


    TAMPA — State transportation officials are evaluating at least a half-dozen alternatives to the controversial Tampa Bay interstate plan that they will workshop with the community for the next 18 months.

    Florida Department of Transportation consultant Brad Flom explains potential alternatives to adding toll lanes to Interstate 275 during a meeting Wednesday at DOT's Tampa office. Flom presented seven diagrams, all of which swapped toll lanes for transit, such as light rail or express bus, in the I-275 corridor from downtown Tampa to Bearss Ave. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON | Times]