Cleveland and Dallas the finalists for 2016 GOP convention
June 25th, 2014
02:05 PM ET
6 months ago

Cleveland and Dallas the finalists for 2016 GOP convention

(CNN) - It's down to the final two.

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Cleveland and Dallas are the finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Following a meeting of the RNC's Site Selection Committee, the two other cities that had been in contention, Denver and Kansas City, were dropped.

"Cleveland and Dallas demonstrated their ability to host a phenomenal convention in 2016, and the RNC is excited about the prospect of hosting our convention in either of these great cities. After visiting both cities, I can say to my fellow Republicans that we should be excited for the 2016 convention. These world class cities know how to roll out the welcome mat, and more importantly they have the ability to provide our next presidential nominee a launching pad that will put a Republican in the White House in 2016," said selection committee chair Enid Mickelsen said in a statement.

Phoenix, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio were previous dropped from contention.

The RNC's expected to choose the host city by late summer or early fall.

For a city, a convention is a costly affair as the host is expected to raise upwards of $60 million to help pay for it. But if managed correctly, a convention pays off as the surrounding communities are flooded with as many as 50,000 new visitors and the area is showcased on an international stage for weeks leading up to the event.

In January the RNC approved a rule change that would move the date of the GOP convention from its usual time slot of late August or early September to as early as late June.

Cleveland gives the Republicans a chance to hold their nominating convention in Ohio, a crucial battleground state. Dallas does not provide that option, as Texas has long been a reliable red state.

Dallas last hosted a GOP convention in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan was nominated for a second term. The last time Cleveland had the honor of hosting a Republican convention: 1936.

Six cities are bidding to host the 2016 Democratic National Committee. The six cities are Birmingham, Alabama, Cleveland, Columbus, New York City, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

The Democratic National Committee says its Technical Advisory Committee will visit all six cities this summer. The DNC plans to have a final decision by late this year or early 2015.

soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. rs

    smith

    @Silence-Those two were only at the Bundy ranch and were told to leave. There is no tea party connection. FIFY.
    ____________________________
    There are now three shootings in Nevada linked to Mr. Bundy's "militia"- how many cops have to get shot or die to prove to you that these people the GOP lauds as patriots are really domestic terrorists?

    June 25, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. just asking

    cleveland, end of discussion. democrats can go to detroit. it symbolizes the future they want to bring to the country. perfect spot for them. end of discussion.

    June 25, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Luigi

    I hope this convention goes as well as the last, a tent full of clowns, including a has been actor talking to a chair, HAHAHA. Loved the script writers.

    June 25, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Republikkklans are the armpit of America complete with inherent stench.
    Cleveland is a good place for them to hold their going-nowhere convention.

    June 25, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    @smith
    @Silence-Those two were only at the Bundy ranch and were told to leave. There is no tea party connection. FIFY.
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    I am talking about a different Tea Party violence event. Police shooting.

    June 25, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Lighten up, Francis

    STAY OUT OF OHIO YOU BACKWOODS RACIST TWITS.

    Seriously, choose Dallas. Its WAY more your speed ....

    June 25, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. chris

    Hello Cleveland!! Hello Cleveland!!! – Derek Smalls (let's hope the candidates don't get lost on the way to the stage)

    June 25, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Luigi

    Now Cleveland is a good blue collar working class city. The Browns are on rough times, but that doesn't mean the place does not have heart. If the gOOP went there and fumbled, hasta la vista Baby!

    June 25, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. bobo

    I wish we had Romney now!

    June 25, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. My2Centsworth

    Easy ones to pick from. Sodom or Gomorrah.

    June 25, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Lamar S.

    All the strip clubs in Dallas are going.....PLEASE CHOOSE US!!! (oh and Dallas has a LOT of strip clubs!)

    June 25, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Buckwald Stephenson

    Texas will never, ever go blue. It's amusing to see the libbies who believe otherwise!

    June 25, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. dranoel48

    I think we can reassured that they won't choose Qatar in the summer.

    June 25, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. MTP

    Texas is already Red. Having the GOP Convention there would be silly. Put it in a swing state like Ohio. Unless trying to win the election isn't a goal.

    June 25, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. mb2010a

    When the Republicans last held their convention in Dallas in 1984 and crowned St. Reagan, they stiffed the city for over three million dollars which they have never paid. At the time, the city council swore they would never invite them back. My, how quickly Texans forget...

    June 25, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. EddyL

    How about BAGDAD?

    June 25, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. salty dog

    Who gets to pay for their mess, anyone other than themselves

    June 25, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. O'drama ya Mama

    Those of you who think whatever city they choose is going to help them win the state should remember the RNC 2012 took place in Florida and Obama won the state.

    June 25, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "The road to the White House runs through Ohio. If the party is serious about broadening their appeal, they should go to Cleveland."

    Holding their convention in Cleveland won't fix the GOP's/Teatrolls' problems being perceived by minorities, the Hispanic community, women, younger voters and the LGBT community as racists, bigots, misogynists and theocrats. The GOP/Teartolls can either make REAL changes to their rhetoric, their positions, their policies, their platform, etc., or they can goose-step march their way further into marginalization. Their choice....but where the convention takes place has absolutely nothing to do with it.

    June 25, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. mb2010a

    When the Republicans last held their convention in Dallas in 1984 to declare St. Reagan their hero, they stiffed the city for over $3,000,000 which they never did pay off. The city council swore they would never be invited back to Dallas. My, how quickly Texans forget...

    June 25, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. stewart

    get paid upfront. the RNC and DNC will stiff you otherwise

    June 25, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Hillary 2016

    --> Hillary will run, & Hillary WILL WIN! ....End of discussion.

    June 25, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. DoogieK

    The most annoying thing is how both parties have a long list of things that the host city must provide for free – the convention space, police/security, etc. – that's the $60 million the city must raise. Of course, what's truly hypocritical of the Republicans is how they constantly complain about government handouts but then demand government handouts for themselves!!! Oh, wait – they only complain about handouts for needy folks...

    June 25, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Paulie 'little bag of" Donuts

    Which ever citiy the liberals don't want it held in is where they should hold it.

    June 25, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Tom in Desoto, TX

    The RNC will go with Cleveland. Having it in Dallas rallies no one; they already have Texas in the bag, since the Alamo actually.

    June 25, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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