After battling for the better part of eight years for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney is facing one final primary challenge standing in the way of rallying the base ahead of Election Day.
His name is Isaac.
Tropical Storm Isaac is tracking west of Tampa and so far is not expected to careen directly into the site of the Republican National Convention. But the storm, as it heads toward the Gulf Coast roughly timed with the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, could well overshadow the entire Tampa affair.
Four Gulf Coast governors — from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the host state of Florida — already are steering clear of the convention to tend to emergency response in their states. The possibility of a Category 2 hurricane hitting the coast late Tuesday means that even as the convention makes its belated start that day, media coverage and public officials’ attention will remain fixed on the storm.