On the evening of May 16, in Grand Ballroom A of the Duke Energy Convention Center, about 600 local Republicans gathered for the Hamilton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.
Many of those in the record-breaking crowd were there to see and hear the keynote speaker, one of the hottest commodities in the still very early battle for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination – Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky.
Some of the people in that room support Paul’s candidacy.
Cincinnati Republicans learned this afternoon they would not be chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Republican National Convention, so they formally withdrew their bid.
Cincinnati was one of six cities on a list of potential GOP convention sites.
"Prior to the site selection committee vote, Cincinnati respectfully withdrew their bid from the process, based on the criteria set forth by the RNC for the main arena,'' the Republican National Committee (RNC) said in a press release.
One potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, was in Cincinnati Friday night; and another is coming in June - former Florida governor Jeb Bush, for a private fundraising event at the Queen City Club.
According to the invitation obtained by WVXU, Bush will be here for high-priced fundraiser for the Republican National Committee (RNC). RNC chairman Reince Priebus will also be on hand.