What happens at the Republican National Convention?

What happens at the Republican National Convention?

The Republican National Convention is the gathering of the Republican Party to choose their nominees for President and Vice-president for the November 2016 election. This convention will be held on July 18-21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

This is how the election of nominees is presented. The Republican National Convention houses 2,472 delegates, meaning that in order to win the nomination, a candidate should have a simple majority of delegates, this being 1,237 or more delegates.

It is important to note that this convention will take place before the Olympic Games instead of after them as it happened in the last two elections. The Party decided to hold it earlier in the summer to avoid slow response and an overly long primary battle.

The Republican National Convention is the culmination of the 2016 Presidential primaries and caucuses. The whole process began on March 23, 2015 when Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for President. To this day, four candidates remain in the primary:  Donald Trump, John Kasich, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.  All of them will come face to face in this major event in July.

The candidates of the primary are given the opportunity to publish their specific strategies.  This convention provides a great opportunity for candidates like no other.  When these conventions first started, they were solely with the purpose of electing the President and Vice-president candidates. Today, the space is open to state-level primaries and caucuses.  Therefore, the convention is now a 4-day media event which provides a strong start for the elected candidate.

The event will give Cleveland an estimated $400 million for the local economy. Delegates from almost every corner of the United States will gather at this major event of the Republican Party. The expectations for the outcome are high as the two candidates with the majority of delegates come to a face-off and the other two candidates will continue to sway delegates to their sides.

 

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