The first Republican National Convention was held in 1856 in Philadelphia. The party had been formed two years earlier in response to the increasing importance of the slavery issue and the party’s opposition to the expansion of slavery. Through the years, the process has changed from a closed caucus system to today’s national convention in which states select delegates with the input of the people.
This will be the first time that Tampa Bay has hosted a Republican National Convention but the third time that the “Grand Old Party” convened in Florida. The conventions of 1968 and 1972 that nominated Richard M. Nixon both were held in