July 8th, 2014
11:56 AM ET
5 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. Austin

    @lolrepublicans, a city going down in flames, because it's run by DEMOCRATS, same as Detroit.... are democrats usually as dumb as you?

    July 8, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Richard Gatlin

    I shed a single tear for all the Dallas strippers and the potential millions they just lost. and they say the GOP are job creators... welp

    July 8, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. ss

    Its the Republican's attempt to look urban and "edgy". LOL

    July 8, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Econ301

    Cleveland, at least they aren't Detroit.

    July 8, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. dnothing

    Cleveland is thriving and anyone who thinks otherwise is not paying attention. The Republicans aren't going to win Ohio, but this will bring even more money into the area. This is how you build an economy folks. It doesn't matter if we agree with their views or not. We'll take their dough and then shun them at the polls.

    July 8, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Desperate move to get Ohio back

    July 8, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. stanusvet

    Great choice GOP...

    Cleveland Rocks!

    July 8, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. len lask

    It- does not make any difference where you hold your convention GOP–you will still lose the great state of Ohio to the next President of our country-Hillary Clinton

    July 8, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. XYZ

    Where is the next democratic convention going to be........Detroit?

    July 8, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Chuck

    They deserve each other.

    July 8, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. ChrisM

    LOL at the GOP. If you think your convention in Cleveland Ohio will persuade Ohioans will vote for the rabid right, you are sorely mistaken.

    July 8, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. AC

    It would be so much better if the GOP met in a 3-ring Circus Tent.
    The many clowns would be from the GOP itself.

    It is time to sink the GOP forever.

    July 8, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. mark in the CLE

    Great Choice... "city going down in flames" LOL Could bot be more wrong... City is on the rebound big time and this will only add to it!!! world class dining, entertainment, casino, parks..etc.

    July 8, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Mike

    There was NO WAY the GOP was going to get anywhere near Rick Perry and Ted Cruz.

    July 8, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. it must be said

    WOW.... a lot of the looney tune lefties really hate Cleveland and Ohio. So much hate is not good for the soul, not that most lefties actually have one.

    July 8, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Dave

    Those bashing on Cleveland that it is going down in flames are forgetting Cleveland is had has been a liberal run city. So, I can see why they may have taken Einstein's definition of insanity to heart, and trying something different.

    July 8, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. HenryClay

    What's the over/under on the number of "Rock & Roll" references throughout the convention?

    July 8, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. sly

    Republicans are still around? I thought they went extinct drinking their tea.

    The Party of 8%'ers.

    These are really good times for America! Record stock markets, smartest President in 20 years. No wars. Good times.

    July 8, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. AC

    the GOP should be DISSOLVED

    July 8, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Bill

    Desperate move to get Ohio back

    July 8, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Michael Bauer

    So the GOP will give Cleveland their convention…but not enough polling places.

    July 8, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Tim

    WOW! They're going all out to get LeBron back I see

    July 8, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Chad

    Hey "lolrepublicans", do you mean going down in flames like Obama's approval rating (now worse than Bush) or Hillary's claims of financial indignation?

    July 8, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. bpollen

    If they move it to late June/early July, Dallas is too hot. Otherwise, I'm not surprised they're going to give the $ generated from the convention to a battleground state. It figures. They don't give it to the ones who have been loyal. It's sort of like your boyfriend just left the dance with another girl.

    July 8, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. American Independent

    So it's possible that both parties could hold their conventions in the same state. That shows how important Ohio normally is, although I suspect that Hillary will win easily if she decides to run.

    July 8, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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