Cleveland has been picked as the city to host the Republican National Convention in 2016.
"As goes Ohio, so goes the presidential race," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday on Fox News in unveiling the recommendation of the RNC's site selection committee.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus speaks after calling the convention to order during the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Preibus said the RNC is negotiating June 28 or July 18 as potential start dates -- significantly earlier than the 2012 convention held in late August in Tampa, Florida.
“The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed," Priebus said in a statement.
The final decision on Cleveland will hinge on a full vote by RNC members at the party's summer meeting in Chicago.
Dallas was the other final contender to host the convention.
This post has been updated.