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Republican Convention to Be Held in Ohio

via Mark Duncan, AP via Mark Duncan, AP
via Mark Duncan, AP via Mark Duncan, AP

Republicans announced Tuesday, July 8, that its 2016 convention will be held in Cleveland to ensure the party’s presidential nominee will garner attention in the swing state, where no one party or candidate owns the majority support.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Republican National Committee (RNC) said Cleveland and Dallas were the final two candidates for their host city. Reince Priebus, RNC chairman, said the convention will take place at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ home, the Quicken Loans Arena in the downtown area. Priebus also said it will start on either June 28 or July 18 of 2016, depending on further communication between Cleveland and the party. The Republican convention usually happens in August, but this one is scheduled for earlier in the race, because an earlier convention would allow nominees to sooner reach out to general-election contributions, Priebus explained.

“The candidate can be broke, but they’re not able to raise general-election money until the convention is held,” Priebus said.

The RNC’s choice of location surprised some people because selections usually focuses on more logistics and fundraising for the event than the presidential election. RNC said in June that Dallas had an advantage with over $45 million in pledges while Cleveland only had about $25 million in pledges at that time. The committee said it asks the Cleveland committee to raise about $60 million for the event.

The Washington Post reported one possible reason for the RNC’s pick: the selection seemed to confirm Sen. Rob Portman’s influence in the party. While Portman, from Ohio, supported the convention to be held in his home state, he seemed to be aiming for more than just that—the chance to be his party’s 2016 presidential nominee. Even though he said he was not too eager to run because he has seen it so many times and known what it is like, he did express a little interest in the position.

“If nobody running is able to win and willing to address these issues, then I might have a change of heart,” Portman said.

With Portman’s Ohio roots, years of experience in legislative and executive aspects, as well as support for same-sex marriage, it looks like he could be a strong candidate for the Republican nominee position.

 


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