Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Republican Convention update

WE'VE MOVED! Democratic Convention Watch is now at

We will, on occasion, report on the Republican site selection, just to see how the competition is doing! Hotline On Call just posted a bunch of information. Here are some key points:

  • 31 cities in the running, including Anaheim (not on the Democratic list). Other cities can still request information
  • Finalists by mid-summer, decision by Feb 1 '07
  • Party insiders say Tampa, Miami, Nashville, New York, and Anaheim have an inside edge.
  • Watch for the RNC to announce its '08 convention dates in the next few weeks
  • Main Convention Area -- facility capable of seating at least 20,500 persons, including the convention floor with seating for approximately 5,500 delegates and alternates.
Only two things I was suprised at. First, Anaheim being a front-runner. And second, no specific mention of a "bowl setting" being required. The Republican convention usually has less delegates than the Democrats, so maybe they feel they can fit in a Convention Hall setting. The GOP did this as recently as 1996 in San Diego, so it does open up more possibilities for them.