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UPDATE: Republicans gavel open convention

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TAMPA, Fla. (WKOW) -- Republicans have gaveled open their convention that will culminate with the nomination of Mitt Romney to be president.

Party Chairman Reince Priebus banged the gavel on an abbreviated Monday session as the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac forced the GOP to condense four days of speeches and videos into three.

Delegates, including members of the Texas delegation, attended the shortened session in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The GOP still planned for vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to deliver his speech on Wednesday and Romney to address the delegates on Thursday.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have reports from Tampa beginning Tuesday evening on 27 News at 5.

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TAMPA, Fla. (WKOW) -- The Republican National Convention will be called to order Monday afternoon in Tampa, Florida, but the gavel will fall in a mostly empty hall.

The convention won't hit full speed until Tuesday. And that's when forecasters say Tropical Storm Isaac could reach hurricane strength and make landfall somewhere between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle.

Mitt Romney visited a New Hampshire high school auditorium Monday to practice his convention speech, Mitt Romney said he hopes people in the path of the storm are "spared any major destruction."

Paul Ryan was in his hometown of Janesville on Monday, speaking to a crowd at his high school. Ryan will head to Florida a day later than expected to accept his party's vice presidential nomination. Aides to the Wisconsin congressman say that Ryan will fly to Tampa on Tuesday.

GOP officials already have trimmed the convention from four days to three days because of the threat from Tropical Storm Isaac.

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, will gavel in the convention at 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. Watch it live at www.wkow.com/live.

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