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By the Numbers: The Republican National Convention

Posted: Updated: Aug 26, 2012 08:00 AM
The podium is ready for speakers at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa, Aug. 27 to 31. (Source: Republican National Convention/Facebook) The podium is ready for speakers at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa, Aug. 27 to 31. (Source: Republican National Convention/Facebook)

(RNN) - Decked out in flair and carrying "Mitt 2012" signs, thousands will descend on Tampa, FL on Monday for the 40th Republican National Convention.

During four days of speeches and ceremony, Republicans will officially nominate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate of choice.

The Democratic National Convention, where President Barack Obama will officially accept his party's nomination, follows Sept. 4 to 6 in Charlotte, NC.

Although candidates have been sniping at each other for a few weeks, the gloves come off after the conventions and the real campaign season begins with the hard fought battle culminating in the election of a president in November.

Here's a look at the Republican National Convention by the numbers.

2,286 - Number of delegates represented, plus 2,125 alternate delegates. This is nearly quadruple the 600 voting delegates represented at the first Republican convention.

15,000 - Number of credentialed journalists in attendance. That's 6.56 media outlets per delegate.

56 - Number of delegations in attendance. In addition to delegates from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands also send delegates.

40 - This is the GOP's 40th national convention to nominate a presidential candidate.

3 - Number of times Florida has hosted the Republican National Convention. The Sunshine State also hosted in 1968 and 1972 when Richard Nixon was nominated. Both events were held in Miami Beach.

14 - The number of times Chicago has hosted the Republican National Convention, the most of any city.

1856 - The year the first Republican convention was held. With the city of Philadelphia as its backdrop, the Republican Party - only two years old at the time - nominated John C. Fremont of California for president. A then little-known candidate named Abraham Lincoln lost his bid for vice president to William Dayton.

50,000 - Number of people expected to descend on Tampa for the convention.

81 - The need to communicate with news media and social media has resulted in 81 miles of coaxial, phone and internet cable being installed for the convention.

$175-$200 million - Anticipated direct economic impact for the Tampa Bay area.

7,500 - Number of volunteers working to make the convention happen.

16,000 - Number of hotel rooms reserved by convention organizers.

Sources: gopconvention2012.com, 2012tampa.com, Library of Congress.

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