GOP officially OKs Cleveland for 2016 convention

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Cleveland, Ohio skyline taken from Edgewater Park in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Republican National Committee has voted to officially name Cleveland as host for its 2016 national convention.

The 168-member organization of party leaders cast a unanimous vote for Cleveland during its annual conference on Friday in Chicago.

It’s now up to the host organizing committee in Cleveland to finish raising the $60 million it has promised the RNC for convention costs.

There are estimates that Cleveland has pledges of between $25 million and $30 million so far. The private, nonprofit JobsOhio program has pledged $10 million, and the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have pledged $2.5 million each.

A host committee official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the panel will work with the RNC to find national sponsors for the convention.

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