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PASSED: Cleveland will host the 2016 RNC convention

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CHICAGO (WOIO) -

"The 2016 Republican National Convention is officially coming to Cleveland!" yelled Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges.

The Republicans officially voted Friday to have their 2016 convention in Cleveland.

The vote and signing came at the RNC's annual summer meeting in Chicago.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was at the meeting and thanked the Republicans for bringing their convention to the city.

Cleveland beat out Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Dallas.

The RNC site selection committee announced their recommendation on July 8 and it was formally approved Friday.

The RNC site chair said, "If you haven't been to Cleveland in the past 5 years, you haven't been to Cleveland."

"The 2016 Republican National Convention is officially coming to Cleveland! This is tremendous news for our state and Party. We will have the opportunity to share Ohio's comeback story with the nation and demonstrate how powerful balanced budgets, lower taxes, and a focus on job creation can be," added Borges. "I want to thank Governor Kasich, Speaker Boehner, and Senator Portman for the enormous support they provided in closing the deal for Ohio. It was a tremendous team effort that will pay off big for our state and party." 

The 2016 Republican National Convention 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 the festivities with many more in development.

In addition, former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett was unanimously selected to sit on the 2016 Presidential Primary Debate Committee. 

He joins the thirteen committee members as the representative from the Midwest region, accompanied by Mary Buestrin.  The honor will give him and the other members the power to make and enforce rules on sanctioned debates, structure, format, and participation for the 2016 primary debates, paving the way for the next Republican presidential nominee.

The tab to host such an event is expected to be between $55-60 million.

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