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US Election Updates - August 27, 2012

Republican convention to start on Tuesday despite Tropical Storm Isaac

The Republican Party, which was forced to delay the start of a national convention in Tampa, Florida, by a day due to Tropical Storm Isaac, will not postpone it further with proceedings to kick off on Tuesday, according to the party’s chairman.

"We're 100 percent full-steam ahead on Tuesday," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said while speaking to CNN.

"So far, the word is that almost all of it is going to be accommodated into the Tuesday-Wednesday programming," Priebus added. "I think you're going to see that there might be some shortening of speeches. But most of our guests are going to be accommodated."

The convention will see Mitt Romney officially nominated as the party's candidate to challenge President Barack Obama in the November 6 polls. It was originally scheduled to run from Monday to Thursday.

When asked whether the Republicans' message would be overshadowed by Isaac, Priebus said: "We're going to tell the Mitt Romney story, we're still going to prosecute the president on what he promised, what he delivered, and why we think we need to save this country and put Mitt Romney in the White House."

Isaac is expected to strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane and hit the Gulf Coast between Florida and Louisiana at midweek, which could coincide with the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.