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Cleveland locks up status as GOP host

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKRC) -- Cincinnati dropped out of the running because of an aging US Bank Arena but the 2016 Republican National Convention will still be coming to the critical swing state of Ohio.

The GOP's site selection committee Tuesday picked Cleveland over Dallas as host for the Presidential Nominating Convention.  The RNC did not announce a start date for the convention, but party chairman Reince Priebus said that June 28 or July 18, 2016, were the two options under consideration.
   
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said, "What this demonstrates is that whenever we come together as a community we're successful.  No matter what the issue is or whatever the challenges are, whenever we come together as a community with the purpose of putting Cleveland first we've always been successful."

Republican Govenor John Kasich said the convention will not only benefit a rejuvenated Cleveland, but it also will showcase the rest of the state and its business advancements.
   
The formal decision will come next month when the 168 member Republican National Committee meets in Washington.



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