Republicans are expected to announce today that Tampa will be the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention, beating traditional Republican locales — Phoenix and Salt Lake City.
“Florida remains a perennial swing state where a convention could sway undecided voters,” the Associated Press says.
Really? People choose who will be president based on where a convention is held? History — at least recent history — doesn’t support the conclusion, at least for Republicans.
It’s been 20 years since a state that’s hosted the Republican National Convention went Republican in the November election. Picking a “swing state” over a “solidly friendly” state is a relatively new tradition and it usually doesn’t work. 1980 was the last time it did, when Ronald Reagan won Michigan over Jimmy Carter.
Here’s the list:
|YEAR||LOCATION||WHO WON THE STATE?|
|2008||St. Paul, MN||Democrats|
|2004||New York, NY||Democrats|
|1996||San Diego, CA||Democrats|
|1988||New Orleans, LA||Republicans|
|1976||Kansas City, MO.||Democrats|
|1964||San Francisco, CA||Democrats|