July 8th, 2014
11:56 AM ET
6 months ago

Cleveland to hold 2016 Republican convention

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that their Site Selection Committee has picked Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The full membership of the RNC is expected to ratify the Site Selection Committee's recommendation at its early August meeting in Chicago.

Last month the RNC narrowed the competition down to two finalists: Cleveland and Dallas. Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio were previously dropped from contention.

In January the RNC the approved a rule change that would move the date of the GOP convention from its usual date 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. No Republican has won the White House without carrying the Buckeye State.

Cleveland's twice hosted presidential conventions: the 1924 and 1936 Republican conventions.

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.

An Republican official tells CNN that Cleveland already has an unprecedented $30 million in the bank towards its convention bid.

Where will Democrats hold their 2016 convention?

Six cities are bidding to host the 2016 Democratic National Committee. The six cites 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.

The RNC Site Selection Committee's decision on Cleveland, assuming it's ratified in August by the full RNC, means in reality that the city is off the DNC's list.

"The DNC’s exclusivity clause is triggered when a city signs a contract with another political party but given today’s news, we’ll discuss with Cleveland and determine whether a site visit is still necessary," the DNC said in a statement Tuesday.

Why Cleveland

Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen said in a statement that her panel "was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention."

But she added that she's "confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention."

And RNC Chairman Reince Priebus added that "A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer."

“The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed," Priebus added.

As for the losing city, Mickelsen said that "Dallas is a world class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I’m certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future. The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer."

Cleveland, the nation's 45th most populous city according to the 2010 census, may be best known as the home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the northeastern Ohio city, along the shores of Lake Erie and bisected by the Cuyahoga River, is also home to the Cleveland Clinic, which is ranked among America's best hospitals. The city averages high temperatures in the low 80's during the summer.

While holding a convention in a crucial battleground state such as Ohio may seem like a plus, it far from guarantees a political party will win that state come November. The last time the GOP captured the state where they held their presidential nominating convention was 1992, when the party held camp in Houston.

Last time around neither party (the Democrats in Charlotte, North Carolina and the GOP in Tampa, Florida) carried the state where they held their convention.

"There doesn't seem to be a correlation between conventions and winning particular states," Priebus said earlier this year.


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soundoff (287 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minneosta

    "Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention ... "

    Yeah. Whatever. Minneapolis has been there, done that. Facilities that is. Beyond that, the Republican convention was a flop.

    And, oh yeah. Minnesota stayed blue, regardless.

    July 8, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    Something to consider:

    Abraham Lincoln, 48
    Ulysses S. Grant, 217
    Theodore Roosevelt, 1,081
    Dwight D. Eisenhower, 484
    Richard Nixon, 346
    Ronald Reagan, 381
    Bill Clinton, 364
    George W. Bush, 291
    Barack Obama, 182

    Ronald Reagan had 381 unilateral decisions that bypassed Congressional approval.
    (Source: C-SPAN Congressional Glossary)

    What are these figures, you may ask? The number of Executive Orders by President.

    Think about this the next time a righties start frothing at the mouth about President Obama being a "dictator."

    July 8, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Orolandes O'Rourke

    EXCELLENT! I'll be able to PROTEST!

    July 8, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. jim embers

    I am thoroughly amused by the political CR*P that some "people" feel compelled to spew, no matter WHAT the article is about. We blame party leadership for the incredible divide in our thinking, but it seems apparent that the real divide is further deepened by their followers. THIS IS AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE SITE FOR A CONVENTION, PEOPLE. STFU WITH YOUR MINDLESS BU!!SH!T ALREADY. Jeez,has the American mind deteriorated THAT MUCH?

    July 8, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minneosta

    Oh, hey. No doubt Reince Preibus will soon be sending out a memo update Re: Obama. He's not running for re-election.

    July 8, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Robert N. constant

    Are they going to allow Palin to attend? She can see Russia from her porch when it is clear. Maybe she will tell us what her pal Edward Snowden is doing.

    July 8, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. John

    Bummer Cleveland was a good city

    July 8, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Bigd

    So will the GOP let Lil George attend this time or are they still trying to act like he never existed.

    July 8, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. jaydavid666

    Ah Ohio! The Alabama of the North.

    July 8, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Donny

    Good luck trying to win the black vote in Cleveland after all the racist stunts you have pulled.

    July 8, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. kingliberal

    It doesn't matter. The republicons still won't win Ohio.

    July 8, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. mike

    Sorry, Cleveland.

    July 8, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority:
    It's not the number of executive orders that matters – all presidents have that tool available to them for administrative updates to the bureaucracy they head up. It's the CONTENT that matters. Bill Clinton signing an executive order to make Good Friday a national holiday is a function of his job, not that of Congress. By contrast, changing the rules of a congressionally-passed act on the fly (the ACA) is NOT the president's prerogative.

    July 8, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. c-lo

    Silence DoGood

    Can you imagine being the police chief there in charge of securing the city?
    Countless angry Tea Party terrorist folks chanting for violence and carrying guns.
    What could go wrong?
    ____________________________________________

    Yeah, just like that bastion of conservative thought headquartere in South Chicag....oooh, wait.

    July 8, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    RNC convention in CLEVELAND???...that's it...we must impeach OBAMA!!!(*snicker*)

    July 8, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Will they have an empty chair at the podium again?

    July 8, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Poor Cleveland , the GOP convention in Tampa really went well, a bunch of slick haired GOP pedi fills CRUZ in the streets of Tampa and all the hoteliers getting stiffed by the RNC because they claimed their prices were TO HIGH?????? Tampa times article at the time!!!!

    July 8, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Peter

    It does not matter where these conventions are.

    Whatever party holds the convention will blame the other party for virtually every problem in the country and then turn around and accuse the other party of simply blaming the other party for their mistakes!

    Take it to the bank.

    July 8, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. captcaps

    We'll all get to listen to Piggy Palin spew her hate filled Republican Teabag Message ,and how she can see Russia from her back porch.....Lights might be On but Nobody's Home at Missy Palins..... Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    July 8, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. gary bunton

    Hey anonymous, get a life have you ever read one page of the ACA. Suppose you get an incurable disease, rest assured your healthcare provider just dropped you. Now you too can go bankrupt trying to pay your in default medical bills, all the while ruining your family's future. Pre existing condition whats that? Keep listening to Rush and Hannity.

    July 8, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. cbp

    Good for Cleveland. I guess they chose to go to Speaker Boehner's home state.

    July 8, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Sue

    Darn, now our whole state is going to stink. I guess they feel they will get more votes by doing this. Oh well we will exterminate after they leave.

    July 8, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. HapHazzard

    Oh, thank the gods. As someone from Dallas (which was still in the running) we got plenty of crazy down here already. Don't need more.

    July 8, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. DustyOnesIsBack

    The mistake on the lake?

    July 8, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. ib4ucy

    Even when the SCOTUS Slams down OBAMA and his over reach, he says "Sue Me". He has no shame.

    July 8, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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