RNC to be held in Cleveland in July 2016

RNC to be held in Cleveland in July 2016

The Republican National Committee has selected July 18-21 as the official dates for the

in Cleveland.

"I'm pleased to announce the 2016 Republican National Convention will kick off on July 18," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. "A convention in July is a historic success for our party and future nominee.  he convention will be held significantly earlier than previous election cycles, allowing access to crucial general election funds earlier than ever before to give our nominee a strong advantage heading into Election Day. We're excited to continue working with our partners in Cleveland and we look forward to showcasing everything the city has to offer to our delegates and the world in 2016."

Priebus says a July convention allows the eventual Republican nominee to access critical general election funds earlier than previous election cycles. According to Priebus, this is a historic move that could give the GOP nominee a leg up on winning the White House.

"We look forward to hosting the Republican National Convention in Cleveland," said Mayor Frank Jackson. "Throughout this process, we've been able to demonstrate our ability and passion to host the RNC, while letting the site selection committee know whichever date they picked, Cleveland would make it happen."

Back in August 2014, Cleveland was chosen with a final vote and signing at the RNC's annual summer meeting in Chicago. Cleveland beat Dallas, Denver and Kansas City. The 2016 RNC is expected to bring 50,000 visitors to the city and offer a great economic boost for Cleveland and Ohio. Several projects are already underway to prepare the city for festivities, with many more in development. The cost of hosting such an event is expected to range from $55-60 million.

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