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ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. - California delegates to the Republican National Convention returned to their beachfront hotel as late as 3 a.m. this morning, delayed for hours following proceedings Tuesday night.

The delegates, already irritated by a bus system that delivered them to the convention hall late on Tuesday afternoon, were still complaining about the return trip as they staggered from their rooms to a lobby coffee bar this morning.

"Clearly there were some logistical challenges that require immediate attention," delegation spokesman Mitch Zak said.

Some delegates said they waited outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum for more than an hour for a bus after the convention let out at 11 p.m., then sat still in traffic.

"When we started moving, everyone cheered" said Caleb Kruger, a 12-year-old youth delegate who got in relatively early, at 1 a.m.

In light traffic, the drive from Tampa to St. Pete Beach, where the delegation is staying, takes less than an hour.

Delegation officials said they are working with national convention officials, who are in charge of transportation to and from the convention hall, to improve the trip tonight.


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