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Republican delegates wary as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens national convention

It's almost business as usual for the delegates already in town at this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa following the announcement that Monday's opening session has been pushed back a day because of the approaching tropical storm.

Most of the delegates contacted by Fox News late Sunday morning said they're still figuring out what they're going to do Monday.

"I'm just sort of waiting and seeing what's scheduled," Minnesota delegate Mark Johnson said, adding that there's still talk about being on the floor Monday to see the convention's opening gavel fall. But that's the only official convention business expected to take place in Tampa until Tuesday, thus leaving Johnson and others scrambling to fill up their Monday schedules.

Gulf Coast delegations are a bit more on edge, given Tropical Storm Isaac's expected track and projected increase to hurricane strength winds. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced Saturday night that he will skip the convention to keep an eye on the storm. His counterparts in Louisiana and Mississippi said they're delaying trips to Tampa.

Some of the Mississippi delegates who live on the Gulf Coast already in Tampa are monitoring the situation back home and will leave Tampa if necessary, but have not yet done so.

For the rest of the delegations, breakfasts, luncheons and other planned meetings that had been scheduled will continue. Some states are holding meetings Sunday to figure out what to do with the rest of the day Monday.

"I'm just kind of going with the flow here ... I've never felt more like cattle here," Michigan delegate Lisa Lyons said with a chuckle. "Isaac has definitely made everyone's plans in flux and that's ok because all we care about is electing Mitt Romney the next President of the United States."

South Dakota's Roger Meyer says the storm has been a big topic of discussion in recent days, but those talks have mostly centered on how most of his fellow delegates think it's being hyped by the media. "Tomorrow, I suppose, we'll sleep late," he said. "We don't get to do that too often."

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