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Cleveland officially awarded RNC convention

Chicago (WTVN) -- It's official. Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention. contracts were signed at the rnc's summer meetings in Chicago on Friday.

"One of the things that I've picked up being here at the RNC meetings over the last several days is how excited the other members are," said Ohio Republican Party chairman Matt Borges.

He says transportation was one of the biggest concerns from planners after previous conventions and Cleveland has addressed it. Hotels within walking distance of event sites means delegates won't spend hours sitting on buses.

Borges says now the work begins to start planning the event.

"You get so involved in trying to catch the convention, trying to win, that when you do you feel a little bit like the dog that finally caught the car. 'What do i do with this thing now.'" 

Fundraising will also be one of the big focuses. Borges says $40 million has already been raised and he's especially thrilled to see an area of the state that's not usually Republican-friendly rally around the effort.

"We need to make sure that we capture that good spirit and good will for our party for 2016 and beyond and it's already bearing fruit now," Borges said.

He's looking forward to being able to showcase Ohio's success to the rest of the country during the convention. He's also not worried about that message being diluted if the democrats select columbus to host their convention.

"I've heard Mike Coleman say publicly that he thinks that Democrats will lose Ohio if they don't pick Columbus. I'm going to go on record as saying i agree with him," said Borges.


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