Washington (CNN) – Local officials in three states are awaiting word Wednesday to see which city national Republicans have chosen to host the party's 2012 presidential nominating convention.
At stake is international exposure and perhaps as much as $170 million pumped into a metropolitan area's economy, according to an estimate provided by the Republican National Committee.
Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Tampa Bay all bid for the convention and will learn their fates Wednesday afternoon. RNC officials visited each city over the past two months looking at the municipalities' infrastructure, hotel room capacity, transportation, accessibility and entertainment options for attendees.
The RNC says that 45,000 people attended the 2008 Republican National Convention held in Minneapolis/St. Paul. The convention was responsible for "nearly $170 million in new money … generated for the local economy."
Later: Tampa picked to host 2012 GOP convention
Tampa Bay is considered to be well positioned because Florida is a battleground state, has 27 electoral votes and the infrastructure to hold such a big event. Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics and choosing the city would be a sign that the Republican Party is reasserting itself in the West. President Obama won Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico in 2008, states that President Bush carried four years earlier. And there is speculation that Phoenix's chances of landing the convention might be harmed because of Arizona's new controversial law dealing with illegal immigrants.
The RNC Site Selection Committee's recommendation Wednesday would need to be ratified by the full RNC membership in the summer.
The Democratic National Committee, which is considering 10 cities including Charlotte, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis and Tampa Bay will announce its decision in late fall, according to a Democratic source with understanding of the process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Utlra-conservative Salt Lake sends a good message. Phoenix will remind the country of their felling about Hispanics- a good message just before an election. Tampa Bay- got nothin.
Soundls like it will be Tampa- after all they want to fire up the troops for those electoral college votes!
Quite a dilemma for the Conservatives. If they choose Phoenix, they will be surrounded by Hispanic protesters for the entire week of the convention. If they choose Salt Lake City, that will be a tacit endorsement of Mitt Romney. I think Florida is where it's going to be held.
I Salt Lake is chosen, it might be a good time to resume above-ground nuclear testing in Nevada. .as we all KNOW where the fallout goes
or, just nuking Salt Lake would work, too
Choose Phoenix to make up for any money lost by the idiot boycotters who don't want to do anything about illegal immigration.
Duh. It's gotta be Phoenix. Anti-immigrant, anti-multicultural education. The party of No should definitely pick the city of Anti.
Please say Bagdad! Remember 'mission acomplished' Nice weather etc. No porn but hey , they can wait till they get back.
How about Fantasy Island?
Tampa Bay should be fitting. They can hold their convention on an oil covered beach. This time they'll chant Spill Baby Spill.
Hey Mark in Miami - you can't *possibly* believe things are WORSE than they were when GW Bush left office. Yours is classic Republican denial. Obama & the Dems revived the financial, housing and auto industries, turned around the stock market, dramatically improved the US's standing in the world and stopped the job hemorrhaging he inherited. I am very thankful strong leaders successfully backed us away from the national abyss your Republicans led us to. Amen.
The GOP will be dead on arrival regardless what state they choose. The GOP has had 10 years to come up with policy and solutions, they only repeat what Americans already know.
I can't agree more with this direct quote: "Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Tampa Bay all bid for the convention and will learn their fates Wednesday afternoon. " What city in its right mind would want to host the Grand Obstructionist Party, AKA The Party of NO along with the Tea Partiers, Sarah the quitter, chief GOP Gasbag Limbaugh, Darth Cheney, goofball Steele and the rest of the idiots, morons, and incompetent jerks.
It could be in the Dump for all I care!
First choice of course is beautiful downtown Buffalo NY, a city ravaged by decades of liberal democrat control, both local & state. Second choice is anywhere in Arizona, in honor of their brave stance against a spineless federal government in D.C.
Isn't it obvious .... somewhere in Arizona .....
Mark in Miami, the rethugliban had "full control" of all levels of government for 6 years – hence the reason we're in the mess we're in. The dems just got "full control" 15 months ago. Repairing the massive damage done by the rethugliban during their reign of terror is going to take a lot longer than that, and Americans with IQs in the triple digits know that.
One thing is probably for sure, it won't be Chicago
Have it in Phoenix in support of its legal citizens, their desire to uphold the laws of this nation and protect their citizens.
Hmm...why not AZ. To help the state replace all the lost revenue – since the gop is so supportive of their anti-immigration tactics, they'd be right at home.
Or perhaps VA – where the wingnuts rule.
arizona would be most appropriate.
The Republicans don't need to hold a convention. They already have locked up victories in 2010 and 2012 thanks to Pelosi, Reid and the Circus President.
It ain't going to be in Florida because Florida's won't have a Republican senator after the 2010 elections.
So that leave's SLC and Phoenix. I say go with Phoenix to make the point that yes, the GOP is a small tent filled with small-minded, backward-looking racists. Utah has far too many "liberals" like Bob Bennett.
as long as it's not here in Houston Texas I could care less.
Tampa won, this was announced this AM...........Arizona should thank their Gov for losing this one............
I'm sure that they have carefully vetted the number and quality of strip clubs available in each city.
How about Dubai? That is where all their constituents are.