Republicans select Cleveland for 2016 convention

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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks during the general session of the summer RNC meeting on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Chicago. Republicans meeting this week are expected to confirm rules for the party’s 2016 campaign they hope will make their nominating process more efficient, less chaotic and less prone to infighting. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)
Sharon Day, co-chairman of the Republican National Committee, listens while chairman Reince Priebus speaks during the general session of the summer RNC meeting on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Chicago. Republicans meeting this week are expected to confirm rules for the party’s 2016 campaign they hope will make their nominating process more efficient, less chaotic and less prone to infighting. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks during the general session of the summer RNC meeting on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Chicago. Republicans meeting this week are expected to confirm rules for the party’s 2016 campaign they hope will make their nominating process more efficient, less chaotic and less prone to infighting. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks during the general session of the summer RNC meeting on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 in Chicago. Republicans meeting this week are expected to confirm rules for the party’s 2016 campaign they hope will make their nominating process more efficient, less chaotic and less prone to infighting. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)
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CHICAGO (AP) - The Republican National Committee is voting to formalize its selection of Cleveland, Ohio, as the site of the party's 2016 national convention, as the GOP's governing body winds up its summer meeting this week.

Eight cities sought the distinction, including Cincinnati and Columbus, which are also in the reliably competitive presidential battleground state of Ohio.

Also under consideration were Dallas; Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas and Phoenix. Cleveland and Dallas were the two finalists.

Site selection committee chairwoman Enid Mickelsen of Utah says, quote, "The place that was the most excited for us to come was Cleveland, Ohio. This is a city that wants to reintroduce itself to the rest of the world."

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson predicted the delegates are, quote, "going to love Cleveland."






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