November 26, 2014


UPDATED: Cleveland still in running to host GOP Convention


This Friday, June 14, 2013 file photo shows the street entrance to the convention center in Cleveland. ASSOCIATED PRESS

This Friday, June 14, 2013 file photo shows the street entrance to the convention center in Cleveland. ASSOCIATED PRESS

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cleveland and Cincinnati are the two Ohio cities still in contention to host the 2016 Republican National Convention with the list of possible cities narrowed to six on Wednesday.

Columbus, the third Ohio city to bid for the convention, has been knocked out of competition along with Phoenix.

The Republican National Committee said the four other sites still in the running are Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Mo., and Las Vegas.

A Republican team will visit the six cities for a more in-depth look at financing, convention venues, media workspace, and hotels. The selection committee will then decide after the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting which of the six cities will receive official site visits from the full committee delegation. The final decision is due by fall.

At stake is a national convention that brings in as many as 45,000 visitors and up to $200 million for the local economy.

Ohio has not hosted a national political convention since 1936, and the Ohio Republican Party chairman said in a statement Wednesday that the state party will do everything possible to support Cincinnati’s and Cleveland’s bids. No Republican has ever taken the White House without Ohio.

“The road to the White House runs through Ohio, which makes us the perfect state to host the Republican National Convention,” state party Chairman Matt Borges said.

Las Vegas has emerged as an early leader in the competition, but Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman Rob Frost said having three cities bid and two make the latest cut illustrates Ohio’s importance in national elections.

“I think that’s a real strength,” Frost said, adding that it was up to Cleveland to show it can meet all the requirements for the convention.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said that city’s fundraising efforts are “coming along well.” He declined to discuss the details.

Republican officials have stressed that the city hosting the convention must raise $55 million in private funds and have sufficient convention and hotel space and adequate accommodations for the media.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said in a statement that Cincinnati is confident it will be at the top of the list once the committee sees all the city has to offer.

In a statement congratulating Cincinnati and Cleveland, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said Columbus was proud of the work it had done to pursue the convention. The city is planning to pursue the Democratic National Convention, Coleman spokesman Dan Williamson said Wednesday.

Ohio has been hoping to reassert its political clout with the three bids for the Republican convention. But the state is competing against fast-growing states with newer infrastructure and the more diverse electorate that the party is trying to attract.

  • SpaceTech

    Safe to say it won’t be in Cleveland

    • rob

      I think that sounds bass ackwards. Cleveland/NE Ohio is the deciding factor in our state, in our country. If we weren’t going to win the bid, we would already have been disqualified. Cleveland didn’t even meet the initial criteria and they still accepted our entry. You can’t get more than one vote from somebody by making them even happier, so why waste resources on votes you already have? The noted reasons they “shouldnt” pick Cleveland will be the exact reasons they do. Its all about the electoral votes and that is what Cleveland can provide.

      • SpaceTech

        I wouldn’t hold your breath on this one if I were you.

  • Sis Delish

    Big Labor profiting from Big Business? Not again!

    • rob

      Union Proud! Seriously, what’s with all the cynicism? Do you believe our socio-economic classification should read: poor, doctor, lawyer, CEO’s?

      • Sis Delish

        No, actually if you are a resident of Cuyahoga County and have an “R” after your name, your “socio-economic classification” is permanently imprinted in the heads and minds of the Voters who pre-dominantly vote Democrat.

        My posting above wonders how Big Labor could stomach making money off having the RNC in Cleveland.

        Hypocritically speaking, would they be protesting while making a paycheck from the same folks they are protesting against?

        You betcha!

        • rob

          I know republicans that flopped after the Bush administration, and there is a bigger group of people in the middle who could go either way this time out of frustration for both parties. If they come to town with an “economic boost” the republicans might be able to wine and dine the middle into their favor. The convention will be sponsored by corporate donors so it’s got nothing to do with the viewpoints of our local elected democrats. Also, the effect will span NE Ohio, not just Cleveland or Cuyahoga county. Ohio doesn’t necessarily decide all, but it can serve like the essay question at the end of a test, it’s worth enough points in electoral votes to have a significant impact in a close race. Lastly, NE counties account for a large portion of the points awarded in Ohio, the republican counties are mostly farming communities with low population that have a low electoral value.

  • John Davidson

    I don’t think that the Republicans are going to hold their convention in a city or county that doesn’t support them. That would be Cleveland and Cuyahoga county.

    • SpaceTech

      I agree, too bad the idiot leaders in Cleveland don’t think twice about that before they threw a million bucks at it to get in the running. I would say the either Denver or Las Vegas will win the GOP convention. Not to mention that Ohio has not hosted any political convention since 1936.

  • SniperFire

    Columbus would have been great. Cleveland is just another dying Democrat cesspool of dependency, and convening there makes little sense. I mean why not Detroit, another failed product of decades of Democrat control, or perhaps Chicago, which is starting to collapse under the unbearable weight of Democrat destruction as well?