The Republican National Committee has finalized the dates for its next presidential nominating convention.
The GOP’s 2016 convention will take place July 18 to 21 in Cleveland, committee chairman Reince Priebus announced Wednesday (1/15/15).
The midsummer gathering is more than a month before the GOP traditionally hosts its national convention. Priebus says the shift will give the next Republican presidential nominee an advantage in the 2016 general election.
Specifically, the change allows the party’s next presidential contender to access millions of general election dollars sooner.
In a press release, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said,
“I’m pleased to announce the 2016 Republican National Convention will kick off on July 18. A convention in July is a historic success for our party and future nominee. The 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.
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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.”
In August, members of the Republican National Committee officially accepted the recommendation of their site selection committee, voting to bring their 2016 National Convention to Cleveland.
To prepare, the City of Cleveland and the region still have a lot of work to do and millions more to raise.
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