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. Politattack

    Is this why Barack is storing all those hispanic children in Texas and Arizona? Are they for use during the Democratic 2016 convention, just like Sen. Menedez (D-NJ), did?

    July 8, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. wanalawn

    I guess they do becleave in themselves.
    wiat, I might have missed something.

    July 8, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Rockymtnhi

    Hey give em some guns and send em to Chicago! perfect Republican convention. They can protect the right to bear arms well in Chicago.

    July 8, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Terry Gamel

    Cleveland, I am so, so sorry. You deserve better.

    July 8, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. smith

    Not a good choice for the GOP. Cleveland is a liberal city with the motor city (in ruins) close by. This would be like the Dems having their ra ra sis boom bah in Mississippi.

    July 8, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Tony D

    Malory Archer
    Tony D
    Malory Archer
    and protesters are relegated to outside the "green zone" and subject to intimidation by law enforcement

    As all leftist rubbish should be handled!! Don't you all have better things to do with your lives? Guess not.
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    What an angry, little man tony d is. Nothing to contribute except an ad homimen. Thanks for displaying your childish petulance for the readers, tony d!
    --

    What was that about an ad homiNEM attack sweetie pie?!! hahahhaha...

    I guess the truth of my statement was just a little too much for you to handle! boohoohoo....

    July 8, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. garymac

    Can't wait till the protests begin during convention...

    July 8, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Rogue351

    We had 8 years of the Dems followed by 8 years of the GOP and then 8 years of Dems. So it just stands to reason that the GOP will win the next 8 years. Not to mention the GOP has been campaigning for the last 8 years via hate radio and TV. We are just starting to wrap up the last wars started by the GOP so it just stands to reason we need to keep the military industrial complex going. Maybe the GOP being in office will result in the middle class actually getting paid a decent wage again, since they are all for the middle and lower class. I am sure the GOP will fix health care and do away with all of these horrible social programs that burden all of us so much.

    July 8, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @ChristopherM
    Wow, that is an awfully minority-dominated city for them to be selling pancake mix with Obama on the package as Aunt Jemima as they did at the 2012 convention.
    ---------–
    GOP racist jokes and references.
    Minority dominated city.
    Tea Party showing up with guns and violence on the agenda.
    What could go wrong?

    July 8, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Luc

    who cares

    July 8, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota:
    Cleveland, huh? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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    Back in the day, not too long ago, Cleveland was considered the armpit of America.
    If they've managed to change that perception hosting the GOPeeing Teatards will be a major setback.
    Ona serious note, does Rinse Repeat truly feel that Ohio will go Red in 2016?
    Has he forgotten the very vocal, intelligent, and no-nonsense state Senator Ms.Nina Turner from 2012?
    I'm sure she'll have something to say about the Rethugs trying to get into the White House, and we and Ohio will be listening.

    July 8, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    I wonder if they're planning on trying that extra day stunt again. Mother Nature took care of it the first time.

    July 8, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. rs

    Bill, Bloominton IL

    Cleveland gets to be the bithplace of a new nation when we take back the country from the do nothing liberals. Gone will be the free handout days replaced with find something to do.
    _________________________
    Do-nothing Republicans "taking back" the nation to where, exactly? The Bush years?! To "take back" the nation the GOP will actually have to DO SOMETHING. They have done nothing at all for 6 long years, and are poised to do nothing for a seventh. Just who do you think will vote for a track record like that?

    As far as handouts- the GOP's are the most expensive handouts ever -$billions in wealthy welfare to the 1%; $billions in Oil "incentives"; and more $billions to corporations that pay not taxes no matter that corporate profits have NEVER been higher. No one will vote for that!

    July 8, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    BTW, I don't get the people crapping on Cleveland. It's not that bad...
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    Well it was a toilet when I attended high school in Ohio back in the early 70's.
    Not saying tha it hasn't changed, but I haven't been tempted to go back and confirm.

    July 8, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. The Big D

    I've lived in Cleveland for decades. This is a new low!!!

    July 8, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Peter Griffin

    Oh my god who. the hell. caaaaares!
    -----------------------------------------------------
    I know, right?!!!

    July 8, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Kelly

    I am proud to have moved to Cleveland a few years ago. Yes, it is true, that Cleveland was considered the armpit of Ohio, but with a plan, patience, and determination, the City & County Leaders, along with the Chamber and POSITIVELY CLEVELAND folks, they were able to turn this town a round to a prosperous and promising community. Yes, I am proud of Cleveland and its forward thinkers and am honored to have the RNC here in 2016. Great job!

    July 8, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. rs

    Rogue351

    We had 8 years of the Dems followed by 8 years of the GOP and then 8 years of Dems. So it just stands to reason that the GOP will win the next 8 years. Not to mention the GOP has been campaigning for the last 8 years via hate radio and TV. We are just starting to wrap up the last wars started by the GOP so it just stands to reason we need to keep the military industrial complex going. Maybe the GOP being in office will result in the middle class actually getting paid a decent wage again, since they are all for the middle and lower class. I am sure the GOP will fix health care and do away with all of these horrible social programs that burden all of us so much.
    _________________________
    I realize your post is completely tongue-in-cheek, but while your election trend data might be right, everything else isn't- every time we've had GOP leadership, the Middle Classes take the hit. The GOP has no health plan, and "going back" is no option. Livable wages? A GOP heresy. Burdensome public programs- well the worst is giving the rich undue tax cuts.

    July 8, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Chuck

    Congratulations to Cleveland. They deserve it. Funny how a city with all the problems as Cleveland, who the republicans have done nothing to help improve their plight, is getting this great gift. I guess poor Ohio Christians are the target.

    July 8, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. t

    Hope the good people of Cleveland can handle the smell........

    July 8, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    I wonder if they're planning on trying that extra day stunt again. Mother Nature took care of it the first time.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    I thought we were all in agreement that President Obama sent in that storm?
    Even the Rethugs agree on that....lol!

    July 8, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Lily

    Do GOP think can win Ohio in 2016? Even with Karl Rove doing his mischiefs, they won't win the state. People woke up long time ago. All eyes are wide open. Coming later and say we had our Convention in Ohio that's why we have won the state, that say won't be accepted.

    July 8, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Justin Cider

    It matters not where the convention is held, as it will be a bunch of old white dudes in suits with the occasional woman or minority paraded on stage in an thinly veiled attempt to appear less misogynist and less racist...

    July 8, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. imjussayin2

    LeBron James returns to Cleveland and decides to run for President!

    July 8, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    This is a punishment for Cleveland, correct?

    July 8, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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