The Republican National Convention is not only an honor for the host cities, but it also brings in a whole lot of dollars for the local economy. On March 3, the list of cities nominated to host the Republican National Convention in 2016 and officially vault the Republican nominee for president into the spotlight was narrowed down to eight different major metropolitan areas around the United States. However, there are four others that fell off the list that may have also been good to consider for the next presidential election—or perhaps a future convention. Consider the following list of the 12 best potential host cities along with the pros of each.
12. Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland is a city that is 69 percent Democrat, but it is in the ever-critical swing state of Ohio and is considered by political experts to be a must-win in most elections for the presidency. The Republican National Committee (RNC) had their convention in Cleveland in 1976 and in 1924, when they nominated Calvin Coolidge, who ultimately became president.
11. Cincinnati, Ohio
The second Ohio city to be nominated as the site for the Republican National Convention in 2016 was the birthplace of past president William Howard Taft. Cincinnati hosted the convention all the way back in 1876, when the RNC nominated Rutherford B. Hayes, who later won the presidency.
10. Columbus, Ohio
The third city in Ohio to be nominated as a possible convention host is a real dark horse, but those within the city believe they are ready for prime time. Unbeknownst to many outside of Ohio, Columbus is the most populous city in the state, yet it has never hosted a Republican National Convention in its history.
9. Denver, Colorado
A booming city full of young, coastal professionals and a strong Latino population, Denver is a prime place for the RNC to win back some of the voters in those demographics. They would also be holding their convention in the same city that bookended the eight years Obama has been president and would be nominating their president in the same place Obama was put on the Democratic ticket in 2008.
8. Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City has a storied past as a site for the RNC throughout American history, always with good results. It is also a swing state these days, with nearly half of the population leaning Democrat, though it should be a state that votes Republican. That could change if the RNC holds its convention there.