The Republican National Committee is expected Tuesday to choose between two cities — Dallas and Cleveland — to host the party’s 2016 presidential nominating convention. The city selected will win a week in the national spotlight and host tens of thousands of visitors and the millions of dollars in economic activity those visitors bring.
Both Dallas and Cleveland have spent months wooing the nine members of the RNC’s site selection committee. The cities have sent delegations to RNC meetings, hosted happy hours and rolled out the red carpet for the site selection team.
But after months of intense behind-the-scenes lobbying, the committee is weighing more practical matters, including whether the two finalists have a sufficient number of hotel rooms to host the estimated 40,000 to 50,000 delegates, journalists, party officials and guests who will attend the convention.