2016 Republican National Convention

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2016 Republican National Convention
2016 Presidential Election
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The 2016 Republican National Convention is scheduled to be held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.[1]
Date(s) July 18–21, 2016[2]
City Cleveland, Ohio
Venue Quicken Loans Arena[3]
Presidential nominee TBD
Vice Presidential nominee TBD
2012  ·  2020

The 2016 Republican National Convention, in which delegates of the United States Republican Party will choose the party's nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States in the 2016 national election, will be held July 18–21, 2016. The Convention is to be held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] This will mark the third time Cleveland has hosted this event, and the first since 1936.[4]

There are 2,472 delegates to the Republican National Convention, so a candidate needs 1,237 delegates to win the presidential nomination.[5]


In 2016, both the Republican and Democratic conventions will be held in late July before the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, instead of after the Olympics like in 2008 and 2012. One reason why the Republican Party wanted a July convention was to help avoid a drawn-out primary battle similar to what happened in 2012 that left the party fractured heading into the general election. The Democrats then followed suit so they could provide a quicker response to the Republicans.[6]


In 2013, the Republican National Committee named an eight-member Site Selection Committee to start the process of selecting a host city for the 2016 convention.

On April 2, 2014, the Republican National Committee announced that Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas were the finalists for hosting the convention.[7]

Cleveland was selected on July 8, 2014.

Host Committee[edit]

The 2016 Cleveland Host Committee, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was the official and federally designated presidential convention host committee for the convention, charged with the task of raising the necessary funds to hold the convention. The Host Committee is composed of 10 prominent Ohio business executives, civic and other community leaders. Terrance C.Z. Egger,[8] is executive chairman and David Gilbert, is vice-chair[9] of the host committee


The convention is designated as a National Special Security Event, meaning that ultimate authority over law enforcement went to the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security.[10]

The Convention[edit]

This will be the first Republican National Convention to be held entirely in July since 1980.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "RNC officially approves Cleveland as 2016 convention host", CBS News. Associated Press. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Isenstadt, Alex (January 14, 2014) "GOP convention set for July 18-21 in 2016", Politico. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Walshe, Shushannah and Klein, Rick (July 8, 2014). "Republicans Choose Cleveland As 2016 Convention Site". ABC News. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ Preston, Mark and Steinhauser, Paul (July 8, 2014). "Cleveland to hold 2016 Republican convention". CNN.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ohlemacher, Stephen. "Things to Know About Delegates at Stake in Iowa Caucuses". ABC News. ABC. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (January 23, 2015). "Democratic National Convention date set". CNN.com. Retrieved August 25, 2015. The July date is two months earlier than Democrats' 2012 convention, but it sets the Democrats up to immediately follow the GOP's festivities ... Republicans moved their convention back a month in hopes of avoiding the drawn-out primary battle that left the party fractured and their 2012 nominee wounded heading into the general election 
  7. ^ (April 2, 2014) "Denver makes latest cut for hosting 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC).", The Denver Channel. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "Cleveland could vault into major leagues after hosting 2016 Republican National Convention, City Club panelists say (photos)". cleveland.com. 
  9. ^ "2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland is a 'free-market economy' for event spaces". cleveland.com. 
  10. ^ To Prepare for Republican Convention, Tampa Restricts Protests. The New York Times. July 22, 2012

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Tampa, Florida
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