Cleve­land tops Dal­las in bid to host RNC in 2016

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Cleve­land won the unan­i­mous back­ing of a Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee panel on Tues­day, all but guar­an­tee­ing the GOP’s 2016 pres­i­den­tial pick will ac­cept the party’s nom­i­na­tion in peren­ni­ally hard-fought Ohio.

The Repub­li­cans’ site se­lec­tion com­mit­tee backed Cleve­land over donor-rich Dal­las, and the full 168-mem­ber RNC is ex­pected to rat­ify the choice next month. The move sig­nals the role Ohio — and its 18 elec­toral votes— plays in pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns.

“As goes Ohio, so goes the pres­i­den­tial race,” said party Chair­man Reince Priebus.

The RNC did not an­nounce a start date for the con­ven­tion but Priebus said that June 28 or July 18, 2016, are the two op­tions un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. An ear­lier-than-nor­mal con­ven­tion was a pri­or­ity for Priebus, and lead­ers of Dal­las’ bid said the cal­en­dar was the main fac­tor run­ning against the Texas city.

“June is not an op­tion for us,” said for­mer Sen. Kay Bai­ley Hutchi­son, who was in­volved in Dal­las’ bid. “Reince re­ally wants June.”

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