TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Republican Party is delaying the bulk of its convention until Tuesday afternoon because of the severe weather expected from Tropical Storm Isaac.
Republican Chairman Reince Priebus says the convention will convene briefly Monday and then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, once the storm is expected to have passed.
Priebus says that the party made the decision after consulting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and federal and local emergency officials.
Although nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney isn't addressing the convention until Thursday night, delegates had been scheduled to take the traditional roll call making him the nominee on the opening day.
This is the second Republican convention in a row to be delayed due to severe weather. The 2008 convention in Minnesota was delayed by a day because of a hurricane.
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