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A big day for GOP in Tampa

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 28 2012 8:59 a.m. MDT

Mia Love, 4th District congressional candidate, who will be speaking at the Republican National Convention practices at the podium in the Tampa Bay Times Forum Monday night. Monday, Aug. 27, 2012  (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News) Mia Love, 4th District congressional candidate, who will be speaking at the Republican National Convention practices at the podium in the Tampa Bay Times Forum Monday night. Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News)

TAMPA, Fla. — Tuesday marks the unofficial opening of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., with some of the most important events of the week taking place today.

Here are the highlights:

The formal roll-call vote to formally nominate Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will take place this afternoon in Tampa. The outcome is a foregone conclusion, with Romney winning the GOP nomination. But supporters of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, could try to disrupt the vote to make statements in support of their candidate.

Speakers today include Mia Love, Utah’s Republican congressional candidate in the 4th District, who speaks at 5:36 p.m. MST, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who has a 1:40 p.m. MST slot. Also speaking today, House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio; former senator Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who challenged Romney for the nomination; and former congressman Artur Davis, D-Ala., who seconded Obama’s nomination at the Democratic convention in 2008 but who now is opposing the president. Also speaking are Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Nikki Haley of South Carolina; John Kasich of Ohio, Robert F. McDonnell of Virginia and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma.

Mia Love, 4th District congressional candidate, who will be speaking at the Republican National Convention receives instructions Monday night at the podium in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where she will speak Tuesday night.  Monday, Aug. 27, 2012  (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News) Mia Love, 4th District congressional candidate, who will be speaking at the Republican National Convention receives instructions Monday night at the podium in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where she will speak Tuesday night. Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News)

Network television coverage begins at 8 p.m. and will feature a speech by Ann Romney, Mitt Romney’s wife, who will tell the personal side of her husband’s story.

Keynote speaker Tuesday is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

— Deseret News Staff

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