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MINNEAPOLIS - The Grand Old Party is hoping to polish its tarnished appeal this week when delegates descend on the Twin Cities to nominate John McCain for the presidency.
But their challenges are daunting - rival Democrats, polls, even Mother Nature.
The Republican national convention is set to convene in St Paul as a powerful hurricane is spinning toward the Gulf Coast.
Convention officials don't know yet how, or if, it will affect their gathering, which has drawn 45000 people to the region, but McCain has said that it may be postponed.
Party managers are drawing up contingency plans in case some key speakers must bow out and head home. As the country marked the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, even President Bush is said to be rethinking his scheduled appearance if the coast states suffer a major hit.
There is trouble, too, for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is scheduled to address the convention today, but has promised he won't be on the podium if California doesn't have a budget.
All this comes after the Democrats' gathering in Denver that won record TV viewership and exhaustive coverage with fiery speakers, drama and an address by Barack Obama at a rally of 84000 people. This has given Obama a bounce in various polls of three to seven points. - NY Times