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Will Cleveland & Cincinnati Help Or Hurt Columbus' RNC Bid?

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    Thursday, February 27 2014 5:38 PM EST2014-02-27 22:38:58 GMT
    Ohio's three largest cities - Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus - have been named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.Ohio's three largest cities - Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus - have been named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
    Ohio's three largest cities - Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus - have been named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
    Ohio's three largest cities - Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus - have been named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A political power team from Columbus pitched the capital city as the best place in Ohio to have a political convention. Cleveland likely did the same thing, and Cincinnati will sell the Queen City in late March.

Ohio is the only state that has three cities competing for the event, but will it help or hurt?

The group that presented Columbus' pitch included Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady, Alex Fischer, President & CEO of the Columbus Partnership, Brian Ross, President & CEO of Experience Columbus, and Doug Preisse, Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party.

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But will one city stand out without bringing the others down?

Cleveland Columnist Brent Larkin wrote a scathing column this weekend in the Plain-Dealer that called Columbus a cow-town that could not compare with the culture, resources, and history of Cleveland.

According to chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus, the politicking won't matter. Getting the basics will.

"I really first think about financial commitments and the targets we have to hit. I think about transportation and security and getting around in a timely fashion. Delegate experience is somewhere in there. After that, I would worry about chances of winning that particular state," he said.

Final cities are expected to be decided later this spring.

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