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RNC committee unanimously recommends Tampa for 2012 convention

The Republican National Committee's site selection committee on Wednesday unanimously recommended Tampa as the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

While a Florida committeewoman credited the city's experience in two previous bids with bolstering Tampa's prospects, RNC Chairman Michael Steele brushed off questions on whether one of two cities that lost out, Phoenix, was hurt by a tough new anti-illegal immigration law.

"No, no," said Steele. "It was a business decision."

Committee members told reporters that Tampa simply had more resources than Phoenix or the other finalist city, Salt Lake City. And before the decision was officially announced, other RNC members had already assumed that Tampa would win. Florida RNC members huddled in the hallway of the Gaylord National Harbor resort, waiting to pull the trigger on a Twitter account with the news pre-written.

Steele said he will visit Tampa "probably this week" in advance of an official decision at an RNC meeting in August.

By David Weigel  |  May 12, 2010; 4:08 PM ET
Categories:  2012 Election  
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