[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/03/art.convention.gi.jpg caption="The GOP has set a date for their 2012 National Convention."]Washington (CNN) - Political junkies: Mark your calendars. And plan no vacations for the week of August 27, 2012.
The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday night that it will hold the Republican National Convention that week.
"I'm excited to take this important next step by announcing the dates for our 2012 Republican National Convention. With the possible host cities narrowed down to three, this is a proper time to announce the dates where we will formally determine our next Republican nominee," RNC Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement.
The remaining questioned to be answered: Where will the Republicans hold their convention?
Phoenix, Arizona; Tampa, Florida; and Salt Lake City, Utah, are the three finalists.
The RNC says that the 12 members of its site selection committee will visit the three cities later this month and early April as part of the decision-making process.
Tradition dictates that the party that controls the White House holds its convention after the party out of power.