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Isaac Forces Republicans to Change Convention Plans

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As Tropical Storm Isaac looms off of the coast of Florida, the Republican National Committee is making some big changes to the convention.

 RNC Chairman Reince Preibus said the convention will convene Monday, but immediately recess until Tuesday.  That means all the convention activities including the important roll call vote to officially nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are pushed back a day.

Many of the Pennsylvania delegates have already arrived in Tampa. PA delegate events such as social gatherings and state meetings are scheduled to go on as planned -- they may be even more important now that the official convention activities are postponed.

So far, all of the other state delegations still plan to attend the convention. 

Organizers say the first priority is making sure delegates are safe. The National Weather Service is projecting that Isaac could affect Tampa directly on Monday and Tuesday.  Transportation could be a major issue - as some state delegations are staying in hotels right on the Gulf of Mexico.

When it comes to the campaign, Mitt Romney's advisors say that moving the convention from four days to three is unexpected, but it won't be a problem.

- Jacqueline Policastro

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