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GOP picks Cleveland over Dallas to host '16 convention

The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that it will hold its 2016 convention in Cleveland.

Cleveland, of course, sits in one of the most important presidential battleground states -- Ohio -- though Cleveland has always been a Democratic-leaning city.

Cleveland beat out Dallas to host the GOP's 2016 convention, which will take place in late June or July.

It's a technicality, but the RNC says that after picking Cleveland for its 2016 convention, the party now enters exclusive negotiations with the city. The next step to ratify the convention site comes in August, when the full Republican National Committee meets in Chicago.

The RNC adds that the Cleveland recommendation is contingent on successful negotiations with the city.

Democrats are considering bids from six cities to host their 2016 convention: Birmingham, Ala.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Cleveland, Ohio; Colombus, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pa; and Phoenix, Ariz. (Though with Cleveland being the GOP pick, you can now scratch the city from that Democratic list.)

The DNC has told NBC News that it won't make its final decision until the end of the year or in early 2015.

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