Isaac not keeping SC delegates from GOP convention


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly says Tropical Storm Isaac did not keep the state's GOP delegates from getting to Florida for the convention, though some travel plans did change.

Connelly says about 80 percent of the South Carolina's delegation had arrived in Tampa, Fla., by noon Monday. The rest are expected to be there before the convention kicks off Tuesday.

Republicans pushed back the convention's start from Monday in case Isaac passed closer to Tampa.

The delegation is filling Monday's time slot with activities such as bingo, "politics and pints" team trivia and a putting contest. A reception honoring U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham has been moved up from midnight to 9 p.m.

Gov. Nikki Haley's speech has been rescheduled from 10 p.m. Monday to shortly before that Tuesday.

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