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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 9:13am

Republican National Convention Begins

Updated: 2 years ago.
Attorney General Sam Olens is a featured speaker and will share the podium with Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. (Photo Courtesy: law.ga.gov)

The Republican National Convention in Tampa begins Monday and will bring together some of the party’s biggest political heavy

Political experts say Georgia is a prominent state in the delegation ‘stack-up’ but not as important as this year’s swing states.

Georgia is an important state for the Republican party, bringing 15 electoral votes to the table. But since Georgia has gone to Republican Presidential candidates since 1996, Columbus State University political scientist Greg Domin says the party is NOW more focused pushing swing states to vote in Romney’s favor:

“They are looking at states that are going to be in play where they can have an impact. Being that both North Carolina and Florida are swing states this year and bring with them a number of electoral votes that go toward the electoral college, it’s no surprise that they were chosen by both parties to host their convention this year.

Hosting a convention in a swing state has not always “swung” in the Republicans’ favor. In 2008, St. Paul, hosted the Republican National Convention, but ultimately Minnesota went to Obama.

Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens will be a prominent speaker at this week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa. Olens will be making a ‘prime-time’ appearance with Forida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Both attorneys general have been strong supporters of Mitt Romney during the primary. Olens and Bondi were also both part of the 26 state lawsuit challenging President Obama’s health care plan.

Olens says the location of this year’s convention is crucial because Florida is a ‘swing state’ and could bring much needed electoral votes to the Romney camp:

“President Obama has been behind in Florida for a while, and the Romney team is spending a lot of time in Florida, it’s a huge state, a lot of delegates and it’s a state that’s clearly needed for a victory November 6th.”

Georgia will be sending a total of 76 delegates to the Republican National Convention.
The Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte starting September 4th.