UPDATE: RNC Panel Recommends Cleveland As Host City for 2016 Convention

By: The Associated Press, Todd Baucher Email
By: The Associated Press, Todd Baucher Email

UPDATE 7/9/2014 11:00 AM

Cleveland landed a big one, and we don't mean LeBron James.

In 2016, the city by the lake will host the Republican National Convention.

The GOP picked Cleveland over Dallas as the convention site.

Governor John Kasich says the convention will not only benefit a rejuvenated Cleveland, but also showcases the Buckeye State.

And a local Republican official agrees.

"Our location is good. We have major cities to draw from in all directions throughout the United States. And Cleveland is a fine town with plenty of accommodations for the people it will draw... So I think it's a good opportunity for the city and the state and the Republican Party," says Leslie Haas, chair of the Washington County GOP.

No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio.

It's not completely done yet.

The formal decision will come next month when the 168 member Republican National Committee meets in Washington.


UPDATE 7/8/2014 12:00

WASHINGTON (AP) - RNC panel recommends Cleveland as host city for 2016 convention, all but cementing choice.

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UPDATE 6/3/2014 1:50 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) - The head of the Republican National Committee says the three cities competing with Cleveland to host the 2016 GOP national convention will have to work hard to outshine the northeast Ohio city.

Party officials are in Cleveland for a three-day site visit that ends Wednesday.

GOP chairman Reince Priebus told reporters Tuesday that the enthusiasm Cleveland has shown for hosting the convention can't be replaced. He says Republicans officials on this visit and a previous one have found no technical weaknesses in Cleveland's ability to host the event.

Cleveland is competing with Denver, Kansas City and Dallas. Cleveland also has submitted a bid to host the 2016 Democratic convention.

An announcement about which city will be awarded the Republican convention is expected in mid-August.

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UPDATE 4/14/2014 10:30 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) - Officials in Cincinnati say their bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention hinges on fixing up their arena and raising the $55 million in private money required.

A site visit by Republican officials is scheduled for later this month for Cincinnati, which must spruce up U.S. Bank Arena and figure out how a host committee can raise the millions in private money.

The others in the running - Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Kansas City and Denver - are all bigger cities that have made past pitches or even hosted political conventions.

Convention experts, local leaders and political insiders say raising the money is the biggest hurdle. All of it goes to the RNC for event costs - lighting, security, transportation and catering.

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UPDATE 4/7/2014 2:15 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Though Columbus was rejected as a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention, area tourism officials say they will now focus on luring the Democrats.

Officials said they'll try to capitalize on the national media exposure garnered for the city during its bid for the GOP event. Last week, the GOP eliminated Columbus while keeping Cincinnati and Cleveland alive as possible convention sites.

The city of Columbus had pledged a total of $250,000 toward efforts to bring either convention to town in 2016, and the money left will now be used to compete for the Democratic convention.

Brian Ross, CEO of the tourism bureau Experience Columbus, says a political convention would bring $150 million to $200 million and 45,000 people to central Ohio.

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UPDATE 2/27/2014 12:25 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's three flagship cities - Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati - are named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus named all three among the party's eight finalists in a Twitter post Thursday. The others are Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

It's the first time in modern memory that all three have bid to host the convention in the same year.

Party and city officials are counting on the state's pivotal role in electing presidents to boost the chances that the party will pick one of their cities for its biggest event. No Republican has ever won the White House without carrying the state, and few Democrats have.

Backers see the convention as a potential boon for tourism.

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UPDATE 2/11/2014 3:25 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Representatives of Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland went to Washington to chat with Republican officials who will choose the site for their 2016 convention.

The three Ohio cities are in the running to host the convention, and the meetings Monday were informal sessions for GOP officials to answer questions about the process.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges said the meetings were an opportunity for the cities to "get the real lowdown on what it's going to take".

Brian Ross, president and CEO of Experience Columbus, said landing the 2016 convention in Columbus would be a tremendous economic-development opportunity for the area.

A convention would that would bring tens of thousands of delegates, campaign workers, journalists and other visitors to the area.

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio's three largest cities all have hopes of landing a Democratic or Republican national convention in 2016.

Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati officials all figure that Ohio's importance as a presidential swing state will help their cause. All three say they have good facilities, hotel space and transportation links for hosting such large conventions.

The capital of Columbus has gotten an early jump, and Cincinnati is a latecomer in the competition.

Columbus officials say Nationwide Arena could host the convention, with plenty of convention facilities and hotels nearby.

Ohio's Democratic Party and Republican Party leaders don't agree on much, but both say they'd like to see the state host their conventions.

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