Kevin Glass

There's an easy pattern to spot on the floor of the GOP 2012 convention: swing states get the best seats.

The Massachusetts and Wisconsin delegations have the best seats, obviously, with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at the top of the ticket. But right behind them are Ohio and Florida, and other swing states like Virginia also have prime spots.

Seated in the back, on the other hand, are states that are safely out of the question. Hawaii, Nebraska and Kansas are all in the back row - states that, according to's PollTracker, are all safely in their respective electoral camps.

Of other interest is that certain swing states were seemingly marginalized. Iowa - which has shown a narrow lead for Obama in most polls after Romney has narrowed the gap - is seated in some middling seats. Colorado, which has shown a preference for Obama but is still a state that Romney hopes to win, seems a little marginalized as they're shunted off to the side of the stage.

This of course could be absolutely meaningless. After all, seated right up with some of the very best seats in the house are the Northern Marianas Islands.

The RNC would not return a request for comment.

Kevin Glass

Kevin Glass is Director of Policy and Outreach at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity