In a win over Dallas, Cleveland has been named host of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
After months of bipartisan lobbying and a pledge to raise an estimated $70 million for the convention, Cleveland was a front runner because of its ability to pay for the convention, unlike Tampa, which struggled to financially support the RNC in 2012.
The decision, announced live on Fox News in an on-air interview with GOP chairman Reince Priebus, puts the party in a prime position to gain a following in a the traditionally key battleground state.
“We’re excited about bringing the convention to Cleveland in Ohio, and we’re excited about the decision. We think it’s a smart decision,” Priebus said.
Officials from the GOP say the decision was unanimous, citing Cleveland’s convention centers and openness to hosting despite the lack of key details including dates and specific location.
“I’m really excited to welcome our Republican colleagues from around the nation to Cleveland in 2016. I think this convention will really elevate Cleveland in the eyes of the nation, and elevate Republicans in the eyes of Cleveland,” said Rob Frost, the Cuyahoga County Republican Party chairman.
The recommendation needs to be confirmed from the RNC’s national committee members. If chosen, Republicans will paint the city Red anywhere between June 28 and July 18.
Conventions provide massive economic boosts to the cities that host them; Tampa added more than $200 million to Florida’s economy and welcomed an estimated 50,000 visitors.
Many Cleveland natives are excited for the opportunity to revive the city in light of the city-wide renaissance currently underway. Even Senator Sherrod Brown, who is a Democrat and a Cleveland native, is excited about the news.
“Today’s announcement is excellent news for Ohio,” he said. “It represents another step forward in the city of Cleveland’s renaissance. As a Cleveland resident, I’m proud that we will host a party’s national convention and give America the opportunity to experience our region’s world class museums, restaurants, and other attractions.”
Cleveland fundraising boosters also hope to attract the 2016 Democratic Convention as well, though it’s unlikely they’ll be able to raise the funds to host both.
Still, with the GOP coming to the city to host its first major political convention since the presidential convention in 1936, Cleveland hopes to keep Ohio has a major political battleground state and contender.
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