GOP chooses Cleveland to host convention

The Republican National Committee has chosen Cleveland, Ohio to host the 2016 GOP Convention.

The RNC had narrowed their choices to Dallas and Cleveland, but choose the latter because of the importance of Ohio as a swing state.

Washington Times:

The choice would be ideal for the GOP national leadership, putting the event in the swing state of Ohio, which has been critical to the Electoral College hopes of both parties in recent presidential elections.

The site selection committee recommended two dates for the convention, either June 27 or July 18. A final date is to be picked before the RNC meets for its annual meeting in August, the sources said. RNC chairman Reince Priebus has been pushing for a date in June.

That would put the convention two months ahead of previous conventions, giving the GOP nominee more time and money to fight off the attacks of Democrats.

Previously, Kansas City had been the only site that could host in June that also wasn’t unencumbered by sports teams’ conflicts of schedule. But Kansas City’s bid was hurt by a shortage of hotel rooms for the tens of thousands of delegates, officials and press expected to attend the national convention.

Dallas had been the last competitor to Cleveland but hadn’t been able to come up with the $50 million required for consideration. Cleveland was said to be “way ahead [in] financial pledges toward that $50 million.

Cleveland is also a finalist to host the Democratic convention, with party leaders also still weighing five other bids. The fact that the city will host the GOP gathering makes it highly unlikely it will also get the Democratic convention.

Organizers say the selection could be an economic coup for Cleveland.

In a post-convention report, organizers of Tampa, Florida’s 2012 GOP convention said its $58 million in fundraising resulted in a $214 million direct economic impact. Some 50,000 activists, officials and reporters descended on the area for the convention, officials said.

It also could be a boost for Cleveland’s image, which suffered from economic and environmental struggles in the 1970s but rebounded with an urban revival centered in part on the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I'm not sure there is going to be much impact on the November election if the Convention is held in June or July. But the reason for holding an early convention is sound;

Republicans will hold their 2016 national convention more than a month earlier than their 2012 event for one simple reason: money.

Two years ago, Mitt Romney raised $1 billion but found himself out of cash that August due to campaign finance laws that essentially force candidates to divide their spending between pre-and-post convention accounts. Moving the convention up, the GOP reasons, will help make those rules a non-issue.

Dallas had a lot going for it as far as being an ideal venue to show off GOP ideas on boosting the economy. Cleveland somehow seems a stodgy choice, but any increase in support for the Republican ticket in Ohio is crucial. No Republican has won the White House in modern times without taking Ohio.
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