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Cleveland And Dallas Are Final Two Sites For 2016 GOP Convention

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Republicans have narrowed down the list of possible sites for the 2016 Republican National Convention to two cities in two very different states:

WASHINGTON — The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland or Dallas, the party announced Wednesday.

The two cities made it to the final round of consideration after Denver and Kansas City, Mo., were ruled out, the Republican National Committee said.

“The R.N.C. is excited about the prospect of hosting our convention in either of these great cities,” Enid Mickelsen, the chairwoman of the party’s site selection committee, said in a written statement.

The statement did not say when the committee would make its final selection. Dallas last played host to the Republicans in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan was nominated for re-election. The last Republican convention in Cleveland was in 1936, when the nominee, Alfred Landon, went on to defeat by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Reagan, of course, went on to win re-election by 525 Electoral Votes to 13 votes for his opponent. Landon lost to Roosevelt by a margin of 523 Electoral Votes to 8 votes. That notwithstanding, I suspect that Cleveland may have the advantage here because of the fact that Ohio is a swing state that the GOP would absolutely need to win in order to win the election. Starting off the General Election campaign in the Buckeye State would be a good way to try to make that effort.

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  1. edmondo says:

    I suspect that Cleveland may have the advantage here because of the fact that Ohio is a swing state that the GOP would absolutely need to win in order to win the election. Starting off the General Election campaign in the Buckeye State would be a good way to try to make that effort.

    Nominating someone sane would also help. Unfortunately, that bench is a little light for the GOP.

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  2. PJ says:

    Starting off the General Election campaign in the Buckeye State would be a good way to try to make that effort.

    Don’t think giving the state extra exposure to the GOP crazies will help the GOP win it.

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  3. rudderpedals says:

    Who doesn’t love Texas in peak summer? Buckeye state for sure.

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  4. Neil Hudelson says:

    @rudderpedals:

    Ohio’s not much better–a few degrees cooler, but higher humidity. I’ve lived in both states in peak summer–it’s really a toss up.

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  5. James Pearce says:

    I suspect that Cleveland may have the advantage here because of the fact that Ohio is a swing state that the GOP would absolutely need to win in order to win the election.

    True, but if Dallas offers enough incentives to make financial sense, Dallas it will be.

    That is the only reason to let the “convention sweepstakes” play out publicly, right? To induce incentives from the host city.

    Me, I’m betting Dallas. Dallas has more money than Cleveland and it’s safer territory. The money and the bubble, two hard-earned Republican values right there.

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  6. grumpy realist says:

    I bet on Dallas. After all, what’s more Republican than Texas and driving around in an SUV on roads without sidewalks?

    Plus in Cleveland they’ve got to deal with all that “urban” atmosphere. (wink wink nudge nudge.)

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  7. Cletus says:

    Does a location of a party convention have any effect at all on voting in November? The GOP had their convention in 96 in California and in 2004 in NY. These aren’t exactly red states and the GOP lost big in these states in both elections. I think these conventions are more for the Donors and Delegates than in attracting votes

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  8. grumpy realist says:

    @Cletus: so I guess they go for the city with the best hookers? (grin)

    They should have stuck with Las Vegas….

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