Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced on Twitter today [ed. – actually, yesterday, 27 Feb] the finalist cities to host the 2016 Republican Convention. And the nominees are … Cleveland, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Denver, Colo.; Dallas, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.
Many political observers believe Las Vegas is the front-runner in the battle to host the convention, which is usually a coronation ceremony for the party’s presidential nominee and a time to finalize the party platform. Sin City has never hosted a major party convention, but the GOP hopes to be competitive for Nevada’s six electoral votes in 2016.
At January’s RNC winter meeting, representatives from Vegas did their best to entice GOP officials. Team Vegas paid for two plush lounges at the downtown Washington hotel where the GOP gathered, offering complimentary wine, plates of light appetizers and free Wi-Fi.
“Everybody knows Vegas can throw a party,” Mike Slanker, a spokesman for Las Vegas 2016 host committee told ABC News last month. “We have a great story to tell. We can offer a product, logistically, that no one can match.” …
Three of the eight sites — Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus — are in the critical swing state of Ohio, which hasn’t gone the GOP’s way since George W. Bush won the state in 2004. Many see carrying Ohio as an important step in winning back the White House in 2016.