Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus are among eight cities competing to host the 2016 Republican Convention.
A closer look at the three Ohio cities' bids:
—Cleveland: Of the three, the city has the newest hotels and a better transit system, which runs service from the airport into downtown, including the Quicken Loans Arena. It has a major airport with more nonstop flights from major U.S. cities and attractions such as a theater district, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and a major zoo. But its population remains in decline, and the city is located in a reliably Democratic part of the state with a strong labor union presence.
—Columbus: With its mayor boasting that its first-time bid shows the city has swagger, Columbus has been the most aggressive in its push for a convention, wooing RNC officials at its winter meeting. The city is more populous than Cleveland with an expanding economy. It offers Nationwide Arena and Ohio State University's outdoor stadium. In 2012, the presidential tickets visited Columbus dozens of times, hoping to win the vital swing city in the swing state.
—Cincinnati: A last-minute entry, the city in the more reliably Republican southwestern part of the state has the backing of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as well as both Kentucky GOP senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. To fulfill GOP requirements, delegates would have to fly into an airport in northern Kentucky, stay in some of the hotels there and attend events in Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena, which is due for an upgrade. The Cincinnati committee chairman, John Barrett, says facilities will be ready in time and notes that Hamilton County has one of the most generous U.S. ZIP codes for GOP donations.