A look at Ohio's bids for the 2016 GOP convention

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 16, 2014 at 10:34 am •  Published: March 16, 2014

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.