Sources close to Cleveland’s convention committee say the city’s chances are better than 50/50 to be named the next Republican convention city.
The RNC is expected to make an announcement after a final conference call, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. LeBron James, now a free-agent considering a return to Cleveland, could announce a decision as early as Thursday.
Each chance to choose Cleveland this week could be to your benefit.
“No other city in the country has been that success and the feedback we’ve gotten is that we’ve really gotten our act together here,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, who is also running for governor in 2016.
Fitzgerald and other local officials first started championing the idea of hosting a political convention in 2011.
The last time Cleveland hosted a political convention was 1924. The prospect seems promising: more than 35,000 visitors expected, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars. A study found an impact of $214 million directly to the Tampa area when it played host in 2012. Others say the job is not so lucrative.
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