Republicans most likely will hold their 2016 convention in late June or July that year, GOPers close to the process tell The Buzz.
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
The betting line is that a July 10 date will win out, those Republicans say. That would represent a big shift from the three previous Republican National Conventions that were all held in late August or early September.
Kansas City is in the running to host that convention.
Cathy Nugent, the prime organizer of Kansas City’s 2016 convention push, said the application process to host the convention has slowed somewhat. A request for proposals from the party once expected this fall is not expected now until January. Site visits will be made next year, she said.
Among Kansas City’s competitors for the convention are Las Vegas, New Orleans and Phoenix.
Nugent said the earlier convention date may help Kansas City’s bid because cities that are home to NBA teams, such as New Orleans and Phoenix, may not be able to make their arenas available for convention setup early enough because of their NBA commitments.
About 50,000 people are expected to attend the 2016 convention.
Nugent said Kansas City organizers are compiling statistics on the availability of hotel rooms and other factors that the Republican National Committee is likely to request.
Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus has said the party is seeking to lower the number of primary debates from what he called the “23-debate traveling circus” in 2012 to seven or eight. Party officials also are seeking to bolster the penalties for states that try to jump ahead on the primary calendar.
Officials are now trying to finalize the 2016 primary and caucus schedule.