CINCINNATI (AP) -- Officials in Cincinnati say their bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention hinges on fixing up their arena and raising the $55 million in private money required.
A site visit by Republican officials is scheduled for later this month for Cincinnati, which must spruce up U.S. Bank Arena and figure out how a host committee can raise the millions in private money.
The others in the running -- Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Kansas City and Denver -- are all bigger cities that have made past pitches or even hosted political conventions.
Convention experts, local leaders and political insiders tell The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1iLsCoc ) that raising the money is the biggest hurdle. All of it goes to the RNC for event costs -- lighting, security, transportation and catering.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com