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July 9, 2014

Cleveland to Host 2016 Republican National Convention

Politico and other sources are reporting that Cleveland has been tapped to host the 2016 Republican National Convention after beating out Dallas for the opportunity.

The RNC and Cleveland will now enter into exclusive negotiations on key details for the 2016 convention. The Site Selection Committee’s recommendation will be presented to the full Republican National Committee when they meet in Chicago in early August.   

The Site Selection Committee’s recommendation remains contingent on contract negotitions and a final vote by Republican National Committee Members at the RNC’s summer meeting in Chicago.

According to the Washington Post, the RNC is expected to attract 40,000 to 50,000 delegates, journalists, party officials and guests. Cleveland is looking to show off the billions of dollars in new development downtown. The city recently opened a ­750,000-square-foot convention center — located half a mile from Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention’s floor activities would take place.

Politico noted that in choosing Cleveland, party organizers opted for a Democratic enclave in the pivotal battleground state of Ohio over the wealthier and more conservative Dallas area for their convention, which officials say could take place in late June or mid-July of 2016.

According to the site, Republican officials wanted an earlier convention to let the nominee focus sooner on the general election. Cleveland was reportedly available in late June, while Dallas was considering mid-July. An RNC spokeswoman said Tuesday that the exact timing was still in discussion. Chairman Reince Priebus said on Fox that the party is looking at June 28 or July 18, 2016, a move that would shorten what he described as a “bruising” primary process.


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