Pending final approval from the full Republican National Committee (RNC), the RNC has chosen Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, it announced this week.
"It's my honor to announce Cleveland as the Site Selection Committee's recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention," RNC Site Selection Committee Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen said in a statement. "Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can't think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016. This committee was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention. I'm confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention."
Added 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."
Ultimately, Cleveland was chosen over Dallas in the final round of site selection.
"I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas," Mickelsen said. "Dallas is a world-class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I'm certain they'll make a great host for our party in the future. The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer."