With swing states in their cross-hairs, the Republican party has selected an Ohio city as the next site for the Republican National Convention.
According to the New York Times, Cleveland will host the event during the summer of 2016, as the Republican National Committee "narrowly" chose it over Dallas. While the Times notes that Cleveland is "heavily Democratic," it adds that a bipartisan committee was quite vocal about bringing the convention to the city. Furthermore, the GOP doesn't want a repeat of what happened in 2012:
Republicans want to avoid the pitfall of 2012 when the late-August nomination of Mitt Romney delayed his use of general election funds to counter strong Democratic attacks on television over the summer. Cleveland organizers promised a date in June and Dallas in July.
Here's a fun fact that the Times threw out there: no Republicans have been elected without winning Ohio. Meanwhile, the Democrats are considering Brooklyn (the Barclays Center, specifically) as the site of the Democratic National Convention.
[via New York Times]
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