Ohio pins hopes on GOP convention

HOPE YEN Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON -- Ohio is looking to reassert its political clout by pressing forward with three bids to host the Republican National Convention, competing against fast-growing states that have newer infrastructure and the more diverse electorate that the party is trying to attract.

Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus are competing with five other U.S. cities.

While Ohio's biggest selling point is its pivotal role in electing presidents, the state has political complexities. Its core voters are older and working-class whites.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and members of the selection committee downplay swing-state status as a top factor in their decision. They emphasized fundraising ability and hotel space.

Ohio was a convention runner-up for Republicans in 2008 and Democrats in 2012.

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