No, not Cleveland, GA…Cleveland, OH. GAGOP State Committeewoman Linda Herren served on the site selection committee for the 2016 Republican National Convention and sent out the news in a newsletter to GAGOP members. Cleveland beat out Dallas, TX in the final bid for the selection process. The recommendation will go before the full RNC for approval. From her newsletter:
Being on the Site Selection Committee was a wonderful experience and Cleveland is a great choice for the RNC 2016 Presidential Convention. The new and improved city will surprise and delight conventioneers and guests alike. In addition to tremendous support from Gov. Kasich, Cincinnati, Columbus and Akron have pledged their resources to make this the best experience possible. If the cheering crowds greeting the Site Selection Committee were any indication we can all expect a warm welcome and very hospitable stay in Cleveland, Ohio in 2016.
Ohio has been seen as a big electoral prize, as of late, with its swing-state status and 18 electoral votes up for grabs in presidential contests. I’m sure that weighed heavily upon members of the committee on where Republicans will gather to officially nominate our nominee in 2016.
There has also been talk of moving the Republican National Convention up earlier in the summer when the presumptive nominee has the numbers locked in his or her favor. There are a few of reasons for that: preventing further Party base fracturing, capitalizing on a post-convention “bump” in the polls earlier in the election seasion, and also, to my understanding at least, the ability to begin using general election funds quicker against the Democratic nominee.
2016 convention selection business will be taken up at the RNC meeting in early August.