|May 11, 2010--The RNC held its
2010 state chairmen's meeting at the Gaylord National Hotel and
Convention Center in Maryland. In addition to their regular
business, the chairs heard from former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen.
John Thune (R-SD). In a briefing for reporters, RNC political
director Gentry Collins spoke of an "historic level of opportunity
around the country." He said that the RNC is working to capture
that opportunity and will have two dozen Victory directors and more
than 100 field staff by the end of June and will double that over the
coming months. As of now, Collins said the RNC is looking at 130
House seats as potentially competitive, 122 of which are held by
Democrats. Also at this gathering the RNC Site Selection
Committee voted to recommend Tampa-St. Petersburg to host the 2012
Republican National Convention.