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Tampa in 2012?

That's the rumored location of the next Republican National Convention, although RNC communications director Doug Heye calls it "pure speculation" until a site committee recommendation vote that is scheduled for later today. I am still trying to confirm the rumor, which certainly seems to make sense. The potential convention sites had been whittled down to three options -- Tampa, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City.

Even if the controversy over Arizona's immigration law simmers down over the next two years, there's an obvious political problem in approving Phoenix this summer. And as long as Mitt Romney remains the man to beat in 2012, the prospect of a convention in the home of the Mormon church is, rightly or wrongly, worrying to many Republicans. So look hard at Tampa, envision a keynote address by a Senator Marco Rubio or a Congressman Allen West, and it's easy to figure out why Republicans might like this this option.

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By David Weigel  |  May 12, 2010; 8:40 AM ET
Categories:  2012 Election  | Tags: Arizona, Mitt Romney, Phoenix Arizona, Republican, Republican National Convention, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Tampa Florida  
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