A Delegate Balance

Planning for Politics

The Democratic and Republican National Conventions are nearing, and attendees likely will want hotel rooms close to the action. But with thousands of delegates each, who goes where?
    In August, the GOP will match New York City hotel rooms to 2,509 delegates based on state size and amount of sway in the election. For instance, the Washington, D.C., delegation will stay in the storied Algonquin, pictured at right, near Madison Square Garden.
    In Boston come July, Democrats will dole out 17,000 rooms according to similar criteria. But organizers say all rooms are within three and a half miles of the FleetCenter, a big improvement from the Democrats’ 2000 convention in Los Angeles, where some unlucky delegates found themselves stranded in rooms more than 17 miles from the Staples Center.