The Republican National Committee officially announced Cleveland, Ohio, as the host city for the Grand Old Party's 2016 Convention. The RNC plans to hold its convention earlier in the 2016 Presidential election cycle than previous years.
Cleveland won the selection over Dallas, Texas. Previously, the RNC's Site Selection Committee had narrowed its decision to two cities, Cleveland and Dallas.
Dallas would have located the convention in a true red state that would be a lock for a Republican Presidential candidate. So, the RNC may not have gained much with voters by heading to the great state of Texas.
Locating the convention in Cleveland makes absolute sense. With Ohio as a battleground state for Presidential elections, this will help the RNC advance their messaging to Ohio voters. Republicans definitely will need Ohio to secure a winner for the White House.
Here is the statement regarding the selection by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:
"A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I'm encouraged by the committee's recommendation. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they're representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer."
"The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed."