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Here's why fascinating state of Florida hosts RNC

Welcome to Florida, Republican conventioneers. Let's not mince words: You are in the most important state in America.
Here's why

Center of universe

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What's so special about Florida?

You already know this is America's biggest battleground and that if Mitt Romney loses our 29 electoral votes Barack Obama is almost certainly re-elected. But with Florida it's more than that.

The 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa

The 2012 Republican National Convention is coming to Tampa, FL, and the Tampa Bay Times and are covering the GOP campaign trail leading up to it.

RNC 2012: Guide to the Republican National Convention in Tampa from the Tampa Bay Times

Things To Do: Guide to fun in Tampa Bay

2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee

Republican National Committee