Republicans pick eight cities to compete for 2016 convention

WASHINGTON Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:47am EST

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus leaves the stage after addressing the Faith and Freedom Coalition ''Road to Majority'' conference in Washington June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus leaves the stage after addressing the Faith and Freedom Coalition ''Road to Majority'' conference in Washington June 15, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Republican National Committee on Thursday named eight cities that will compete to host the 2016 national convention to formally nominate the party's presidential candidate.

Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix will submit bids for the opportunity to stage the convention in the summer of 2016, said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

A site selection committee will evaluate the bids and select one or more finalists by late spring, with the winner to be ratified by the RNC this summer. The eight cities submitting bids are the greatest number since 2000, the party said.

For the winning city, a nominating convention can generate reams of publicity and millions of dollars of economic activity, but the hosts also must raise tens of millions of dollars to stage the three or four-day event.

Several of the hopefuls began lobbying RNC members at last month's winter meeting. Democrats have yet to name the cities bidding for their 2016 nominating convention.

In 2012, Republicans got together in Tampa, Florida, to nominate Mitt Romney as their candidate, while Democrats met in Charlotte, North Carolina, to formally nominate President Barack Obama.

(Reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (17)
teriowen wrote:
Sounds more like the loser city has to have the RNC!

Feb 27, 2014 11:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tim_Hamner wrote:
Detroit should have been on this list, and to be honest should be the choice. The Republican echelon will never learn strategy (Currently embarrassed to say I am a Republican)

Feb 27, 2014 12:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Supiluilimas wrote:
They should have picked Memphis, Tennessee. 2015 is the 60th Anniversary of The Birth Of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the recording of Elvis’ first recording ‘That’s All Right’. There will be a lot of attention directed to Memphis during this year.

Feb 27, 2014 12:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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