July 8th, 2014
11:56 AM ET
4 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. Big_D

    So the GOP is sending their quarterback to Cleveland. What a great plan! ROTFLMAO

    July 8, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Waiting for a Candidate

    Hope all the small business people in Cleveland can collect on services rendered better than we did here in Tampa, the GOP is famous for leaving unpaid bills behind them.

    July 8, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Tom

    I grew up there, I hope they get the riot gear ready for the trouble the feral generational welfare addicts will cause.

    July 8, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    A June convention may too early because some sore loser Tea Party presidential candidate may want to challenge primary election results.

    July 8, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Tampa is still waiting for the RNC to pay their bills from their convention in 2012. Good luck Cleveland, you are going to need it"

    Ha...now we know why they chose it over Dallas....so they could rip off a large minority population instead of ripping off their good ole boyz (never meanin' no harm....).

    July 8, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    ony 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....

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I don't ad hominem, but WILL call out someone who does. Once YOU started the name calling (because it's all you have), I just calls them as I see them. Thanks for playing!

    July 8, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Yooper57

    Poor Cleveland this will set a up and coming city back!

    July 8, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. snowdogg

    Cleveland has my sympathy.

    July 8, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Big_D

    Well leaving the facility after making a bunch of racist comments may be a lot more entertaining. It should make for some fun news. Was Detroit booked or something?

    July 8, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. AR

    the armpit of Ohio.

    July 8, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. sly

    Politattack
    Is this why Barack is storing all those hispanic children in Texas and Arizona?
    ==============
    Get used to our new America white boy – y'all are now the minorities.

    And once you learn how to read, check how your Italian and Irish grandparents snuck into America.

    Oh wait – that's ok, cause they are almost white, right?

    Your Party had it's chance, and after Bush, it'll be 20-30 years before you win another Presidential election.

    July 8, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Mike

    You guys are a bunch debbie downers

    July 8, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Alluh

    Hahahahaha, should be better than Cirque de Solay

    July 8, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.
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    Seeing how President Obama cannot run for a third term, unfortunately, they will probably take this opportunity to "outreach" women voters.
    Don't be surprised if you see vendors selling vijay-jay flavored chips with Hillary's picutre in the front.
    Those Rethuglikkklans really know how to read and reach their voters dontchakno'?!

    July 8, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. nonyabizz

    Guess they didn't trust themselves in Vegas.

    July 8, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. 2L

    Interesting choice – Cleveland is pretty liberal, from what I hear.

    July 8, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. jeff

    I would say this choice is calculated to bring increased scrutiny to the voting process in the state, and maybe help reduce voter fraud. I think it's common knowledge the Repubs lost Ohio by only a narrow margin, which was possibly due to voter fraud, although I don't think anyone proved it successfully.

    July 8, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. strangerq@aol.com

    Hope all the small business people in Cleveland can collect on services rendered better than we did here in Tampa, the GOP is famous for leaving unpaid bills behind them.

    ^ They also are good at starting wars they can't finish, and creating economic meltdown.

    July 8, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Tampa is still waiting for the RNC to pay their bills from their convention in 2012. Good luck Cleveland, you are going to need it"
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    What did I tell you?
    Another setback for Cleveland.

    July 8, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. stevie steve

    I love reading all your dumb comments

    July 8, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Cirque de Solay
    -----------------------------------------------------And Cirque du soleil! ;).

    July 8, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Larry

    Women. The Republican Supreme Court has spoken. This is still a man's world.

    You work, get paid less, forbidden from getting contraception.

    Men work, get paid more, allowed contraception (condoms) and reproductive treatment (Viagra).

    Do you want revenge?.............Get out and vote.

    July 8, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Wow, sure glad Denver did not get selected! I don't want any more Republicans here than we have already. Vote Democratic, everyone, for the good of the country. Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro for president and VP in 2016!

    July 8, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    July 8, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm
    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.
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    Seeing how President Obama cannot run for a third term, unfortunately, they will probably take this opportunity to “outreach” women voters.
    Don’t be surprised if you see vendors selling vijay-jay flavored chips with Hillary’s picutre in the front.
    Those Rethuglikkklans really know how to read and reach their voters dontchakno’?!

    It's always a treat to sit back and see just how outrageous they can become. And since this POTUS has been in office they have OD'd on crazy!☺️☺️☺️

    July 8, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. slappy white

    FUN FACT: Twice as many Republicans as Democrats say they dislike their own party.

    July 8, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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