This week’s Iowa caucuses signified the nation’s first statewide electoral event leading up to the 2016 Republican National Convention to be held this July.
Among other things, Iowa voters made it clear that Donald Trump is not the clear frontrunner that he has touted himself to be. Ted Cruz was the winner with 27.6% of the vote, followed by Trump with 24.3% and Marco Rubio at 23.1%. With all the attention turning to New Hampshire and its primary election next week, it’s still too early to tell who will end up receiving the GOp nomination.
Until then, here are some things you should know about this year’s Republican National Convention:
• The convention will be held July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland has hosted the event twice before, the last time in 1936. The venue will be Quicken Loans Arena, home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
• The convention is the meeting where delegates will formally choose their party’s nominee for both president and vice president in the general election to be held in November.
• The total number of delegates to the convention is 2,472. A candidate must win the simple majority of delegates to receive the nomination. That makes the magic number 1,237. (One state into the process, Cruz has 8 delegates, Rubio and Trump each have 7, and Ben Carson has 3. No other candidate garnered more than 1 delegate in the Iowa caucuses.)
• This year’s convention, as well as the Democratic National Convention, will be held prior to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008 and 2012, both parties’ conventions were held after the summer olympics. However, the result on the GOP side was a protracted primary battle that left the party broken and in shambles heading into the general election. To avoid repeating this disaster, the Republican powers that be moved to hold their convention earlier, prior to the games. In order to quickly respond to the GOP, the Democratic Party followed suit and scheduled their convention the week after the GOP event.
• The Republican National Convention is a National Special Security Event. As such, the Department of Homeland Security and Secret Service will be in charge of law enforcement.
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