By  on September 2, 2008

ST. PAUL — The Republican National Convention hung in a pall on Monday, in sharp contrast to the festive celebration party leaders had planned and to the dynamic convention Democrats staged last week in Denver, as Hurricane Gustav slammed into the Gulf Coast, forcing GOP organizers to cancel much of the day’s agenda.

Sen. John McCain, set to be formally nominated as the Republican presidential candidate at the Xcel Energy Center here, ordered convention organizers on Sunday to forego all but the bare minimum procedural votes legally required to hold a convention and nominate a president and vice president.

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