July 8th, 2014
11:56 AM ET
2 weeks 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. jimmy

    Cleveland. And that will be the last time republicans go there because they are still going to lose.

    July 8, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. qsmurf

    Poor Cleveland.

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

    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.
    ----------------------------------------------------–
    I thought the entire post was meant to be sarcastic, rs.
    That's the only way that it would make sense.

    July 8, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Tim

    Seems appropriate... a dark grey crumbling city stuck in the 50's...

    July 8, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Tim

    "I wasn't really planning on going to the convention, but seeing how its in Cleveland maybe I could make a family trip out of it"

    --said by no one ever.

    July 8, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Rae

    Cleveland has a lot of attractions for a city its size. Cle Orchestra, Cle Museum of Art, Cuyahoga Valley NP, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ProFootball HOF (Canton), Cedar Point (named best amusement in the world 1 hour), Jewish Heritage Museum, Natural History Museum, Botanical Garden, UpTown, Little Italy, Coventry, West Side Market, Gordon Square, Playhouse Square (2nd largest theater district nationally), lots of colleges in town, Metroparks, Zoo, Aquarium, Stan Hywett Gardens, Warehouse District, E.4, Science Center, yes sports teams, Tremont, lots of historic neighhorhoods. so much to see and do. OH the food is fabulous. So lots of great things politics aside.

    July 8, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. amador

    It doesn't matter. Ohio is a lost cause for an obsolete reactionary party like the GOP.

    July 8, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. winethief

    Well, that settles that. God hates Ohio.

    July 8, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Just say NO to Obamadroids

    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.
    _________________________
    every time we've had GOP leadership, the Middle Classes take the hit.
    -–

    Median income of the middle class has PLUMMETED while Obama has been in office. That is what record unemployment for 6 years gets you.

    July 8, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. lavidajudoka

    I live in Tampa and the GOP Convention was, without question, a boon for the city economically. Good for Cleveland!

    July 8, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Cheney's third eye

    City of losers is the perfect site for this convention.

    July 8, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. The REAL Truth...

    @Just say NO to Obamadroids – Median income of the middle class has PLUMMETED while Obama has been in office. That is what record unemployment for 6 years gets you.
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    No, that's what a massive recession under Bush, then 6 yrs of the GOP blocking and bring the system to a halt gets you... try to keep up!

    July 8, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    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.
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    I thought the entire post was meant to be sarcastic, rs.
    That’s the only way that it would make sense.

    I took it that way too. 😊

    July 8, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Proud Clevelander

    Say what you want but those bashing our great city have never been here I bet. Each time I visit a new city, I ALWAYS find things I liked about it. No place is perfect but each has a character to call it's own. I was born and raised here and I don't want to leave!!!

    July 8, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Liberal...NOT

    Wow...liberals are going to lose in their own back yard! Cleveland is a wonderful city but the amount of hate and intolerance that will be shown by democrats/liberals will be truly astounding. I wouldn't put it past this group to actually start some violence when conservatives come to town. Should be interesting!

    July 8, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    city of losers? who are you? seriously?

    July 8, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Jonline

    Didn't United just dehub Cleveland? It's going to be awkward to get there.

    July 8, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Median income of the middle class has PLUMMETED while Obama has been in office. That is what record unemployment for 6 years gets you."

    Perhaps if the GOP/Teatrolls did something for the past 6 years other than goose-step towards the extremist right of the political spectrum in an effort to use radicalization as the means of shifting Overton's Window in their direction, then we'd have had some progress. But no, instead we get 50+ symbolic votes to repeal the ACA, record-setting obstructions and some show-trials...3 scoops of stupid...all with a bright shiny race-resentment cherry on top. A sh-theaded sundae if there ever was one.

    July 8, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. GreyMan

    Even the GOP doesn't want the ignorant hillbillies in Texas.

    July 8, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. jennifer

    "Median income of the middle class has PLUMMETED while Obama has been in office. That is what record unemployment for 6 years gets you."

    I keep seeing this blanket statement.... it irritates the crap out of me. My personal experience has been completely different. I worked hard, was willing to move for new jobs and I have DOUBLED my income since 2009. Get out, use your education, make yourself mobile and quit complaining. The jobs are out there.

    July 8, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. karek40

    Anyone think since Ohio has determined the president for the last several elections Cleveland's selection might be for political reasons.

    July 8, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Mt

    They would rather have lebron

    July 8, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. cobra

    Obama could have won without Ohio. Republicans need it (or else).

    July 8, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Bubba

    Cleveland is one of those once thriving American Cities that has been destroyed by GOP Global Business Policies. Maybe they just want to stand over the corpse and gloat.

    July 8, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. TheSadTruth

    Good for you, Cleveland. How soon before the actual convention will the Gates Of Hell be installed?

    July 8, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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