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Postcard from Tampa: Blue state blues

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  • Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, wipes lipstick off his face after kissing him during a campaign rally in March.

      Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, wipes lipstick off his face after kissing him during a campaign rally in March.
    Associated Press file photo

  • Daily Herald Politics and Projects Writer Kerry Lester

      Daily Herald Politics and Projects Writer Kerry Lester

 

Greetings from Tampa!

Or, I should say, Clearwater Beach. The Illinois Republican delegation's hotel is a solid 45-minute drive from the convention center, which for me means a shuttle bus "bonding session" with the Illinois delegates each day.

State party officials tell me that because of Illinois' reputation as a "blue state," they knew they didn't have much chance of a nice hotel close to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, so they investigated and requested a spot in Clearwater, instead. Other states have done the same -- the Oregon delegation is in our hotel.

Of course, the beach is nice. And with Isaac veering away, the skies here are clearer and sunny. Though, as I learned on a run, the weather can change in a blink -- I got soaked!

Time for me to get back to my stories before I hear tonight's speakers, which include Ann Romney.

-- Kerry Lester

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