July 8th, 2014
11:56 AM ET
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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.

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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. ncmyk

    another mistake on the lake

    July 8, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Bubba from Texas

    I lived in Cleveland for almost two years. Worked downtown. I really enjoyed my time in Cleveland. People were great, the downtown was dynamic and undergoing changes. Of all the places I have lived, Cleveland has the BEST park system. Long trails for bike riding / walking or just having fun. I have been in Texas since 1995 ( native of Chicago), and still feel great about my time in Cleveland.

    July 8, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Malory Archer


    At least the Republicans pay their bills. Charlotte is still waiting for $$ from the Dems.


    Tampa's still waiting for theirs' too, babe – and the loss was much worse because not only did the city have to pony up for all that extra security, local business tax receipts took a hit because nobody patronized their establishments, except for Joe Redner's places – and he made a killing!

    July 8, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Pax

    R ich
    N aive
    C razy

    July 8, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Fred Evil

    (SNORT!) Cleveland?!
    You guys couldn't wait to get less relevant, could you?

    July 8, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. TheBloch

    Great news for Cleveland, regardless of political affiliation

    July 8, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Jake from State Farm

    Interesting choice...

    July 8, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. jason

    lol another retired SS addicts convention....I hope they have plenty of gas pills and gas filtering underwears

    July 8, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Sandra

    GOP, say goodbye to winning Cleveland! LOL!

    July 8, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And RNC Chairman Reince Priebus added that "A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016 ... "

    Cleveland, huh? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    July 8, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. slappy white

    Too bad Clint Eastwood won't be asked back.

    July 8, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Drew

    Was wondering who drew the short straw.

    July 8, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Ne1nh

    It doesn't matter where it's held it will be totally insignificant .

    July 8, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. yoshimoto

    why? Repubs in that state abandoned Romney and now we have an amateur in the White House running amok...

    July 8, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Em

    Another year later, and that old, fat, white set of convention attendees will be glowingly pale. Like the ocean spit up its entire population of orcas.

    July 8, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. 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.


    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!

    July 8, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Mark

    Good for Cleveland but a lousy picture at the top of the article.

    July 8, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. slappy white

    Pretty sure Cleveland is one of the worst cities in the country for hotel bedbugs. If not THE worst.

    July 8, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Say WHAT???

    D estructive
    N ihilistic
    C ommunists

    July 8, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. kiwisepp

    GOP will not be welcomed by Cleveland which is dominated by AA population

    July 8, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Mark

    Democrats should have theirs in DETROIT!

    July 8, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Myke


    Ron Paul won the Iowa Straw Poll. Something CNN, nor Fox want to revisit....

    July 8, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    They lost Ohio in 2012 and they're trying to get it back. They know they have Texas so they'll try their luck in OH.

    July 8, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. EastCoast Mike

    Great move....Who knows more about losing than Cleveland?
    The GOP will fit right in.

    July 8, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. ben

    Cleveland – Where winning happens all the time

    July 8, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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