By the numbers: Republican convention

The 2012 Republican National Convention is the second Republican Convention in a row cut short by a storm.

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  • 2,286 - Number of GOP delegates and 2,125 alternates
  • 13,000 - 15,000 - Members of the media expected to attend the convention
  • 46 - Percent of the vote GOP candidate John McCain received in Florida in the 2008 election
  • 53 - Percent of the vote Barack Obama received in Florida in the 2008 election

This is the second-straight Republican National Convention disrupted by storms. Four years ago, Republicans gathering in Minneapolis delayed the political revelry to focus on disaster relief from Hurricane Gustav, which hit Louisiana. This year, the event was closer to the weather action also targeting Gulf Coast states. Tropical Storm Isaac skirted western Florida on Monday but was expected to strengthen into a hurricane. Headliners at the Tampa convention were pushed back a day to Tuesday with the nomination of Mitt Romney still on schedule for Thursday.

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50,000 - Visitors expected in Tampa

2,783,243 - Population of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area

2,286 - Number of GOP delegates. There are also 2,125 alternates.

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    $73 million - Estimated Tampa convention budget, not including $50 million in federal funds for security.

    2 - Speakers with both four-letter first and last names: Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

    12,000 pounds - Average weight of an African elephant. The elephant is the symbol of the GOP.

    13,000 - 15,000 - Members of the media expected to attend the convention.

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    64 - Years since a Republican presidential roll call at the convention has gone more than one round. In 1948 in Philadelphia, Thomas Dewey was nominated on the third ballot. President Harry Truman won the election.

    120,000 - Red, white, and blue balloons inflated and ready to be dropped in the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the convention.

    29 - Number of electoral votes up for grabs in Florida.

    46 - Percent of the vote GOP candidate John McCain received in Florida in the 2008 election.

    53 - Percent of the vote Barack Obama received in Florida in the 2008 election.

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