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The conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia are done, the candidates have hit the campaign trail and the dash to November 8 is fully underway. 

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CLEVELAND – Ohio's junior senator, Rob Portman, has been the object of barbs from his re-election opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, and Ohio Democrats for wanting to have it both ways when it comes to Donald Trump.

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CLEVELAND – His own presidential campaign is over; Donald Trump will accept his party's nomination for president Thursday night; and, still, Ohio Gov. John Kasich won't speak Trump's name in public.

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CLEVELAND – Sound like a president, not like a candidate.

That is what many in the Ohio delegation – a delegation that cast all of its 66 votes for Ohio Gov. John Kasich Tuesday night - want to hear from GOP nominee Donald Trump when he takes the stage Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena to deliver his acceptance speech, the biggest speech the billionaire developer has delivered in his still-brief political career.

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Some top Ohio Democrats say they want to make sure messages at the Republican National Convention  they claim are false, are corrected.

Thursday is the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Delegates will hear from nominee Donald Trump as he accepts their nomination. But first, WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik to wrap up Wednesday's events and chat about what local delegates have on the day's agenda.

The Republican National Convention is underway this week. 

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson is in Cleveland and joins us with the latest from the RNC.

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CLEVELAND – Cincinnati city council member Charlie Winburn is here this week as one of Ohio's alternate delegates; and he says he is fine with Donald Trump as his party's presidential candidate.

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CLEVELAND – Two of Ohio's top Republican elected officials – Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted – agree that if Donald Trump is to win Ohio, he must lean on the party organization to do it.

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CLEVELAND – House Speaker Paul Ryan – a Wisconsin Republican who went to college at Miami University – walked into the Ohio delegation breakfast Wednesday morning and told the delegates something they had yet to hear from any breakfast speaker during this convention.

Midway through the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the party has officially selected Donald Trump as its nominee. But that didn't stop Ohio's delegates from loudly casting their votes for Gov. John Kasich.  WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the second day of the convention and what to expect Wednesday.

The Republican National Convention is underway this week. 

CLEVELAND – Everyone in the room at the Ohio delegation breakfast Tuesday morning was more than familiar with Frank Luntz, one of the top Republican pollsters in the country and a frequent "talking head" on the Fox News Network.

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CLEVELAND – U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, the Westwood Republican, has no problem with Donald J. Trump as his party's standard bearer.

But he believes the man who will almost certainly officially become the GOP's nominee tonight at Quicken Loans Arena should have accepted the NAACP's invitation to speak at its annual convention this week in Cincinnati.

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CLEVELAND – Every one of the 66 Ohio delegates to the Republican National Convention here are committed to cast their ballots for Gov. John Kasich Tuesday night.

And they will cast their votes for the losing candidate. Donald J. Trump will be the nominee.

The Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland.  WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the first day of the convention and what to expect Tuesday.

The Republican National Convention is underway this week. 

CLEVELAND - Donald Trump's campaign manager caused a stir in the Ohio delegation Monday with remarks on NBC's Today Show criticizing Ohio Gov. John Kasich's decision to stay away from the Republican National Convention.

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CLEVELAND - In an Ohio delegation where there are plenty of people who have their doubts about Donald Trump as their presidential candidate, there are some who are all-in.

State Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, is one of them.

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CLEVELAND - Ordinarily, a state delegation breakfast at a presidential nominating convention features a main speaker who is acting as a surrogate for the presidential candidate.

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CLEVELAND - Clarence Mingo, the Franklin County auditor and one of the most highly-visible African-American Republicans in Ohio, has made it clear that he has no use whatsoever for the GOP's presidential nominee,  Donald Trump.

The Republican National Convention begins Monday in Cleveland.  WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about what to expect.

The Republican National Convention is underway this week.  

Cleveland - There was a time when State Sen. Shannon Jones and former state representative Michelle Schneider were close friends.

All of that ended six years ago when Jones and Schneider faced each other in a state senate race.

Now, ironically, Schneider, of Indian Hill, is in Cleveland this week as Jones' replacement as an Ohio delegate.

Next year's Ohio presidential primary may be pushed back a week to March 15, a move that could give the Ohio Republican delegation more clout at the GOP convention in Cleveland in July.

State Representative Mike Dovilla of Berea, the House majority whip, introduced a bill Monday in the Ohio House to set March 15 as Ohio's presidential primary date. It is currently scheduled for March 8.

In the end, Cincy2016, the group trying to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cincinnati, had just about everything they needed to host such a massive event.

Everything except an arena capable of holding the convention.

Hotel space? Check. Transportation for delegates and guests? Check. Plenty of amenities such as bars and restaurants within walking distance of downtown hotels? Check.

But the 40-year-old U.S. Bank Arena – plenty big enough for a minor league hockey team, circuses, ice shows and hard rock concerts – just couldn’t cut the mustard.

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.

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91.7 WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the chances of Cincinnati landing the 2016 Republican presidential nominating convention and Ohio Gov. John Kasich's possible presidential ambitions.

We’ve seen big, high profile conventions and other gatherings in Cincinnati plenty of times in recent years.

We’ve had the national NAACP, the national FOP and others. We’ve hosted Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights game twice; and, next year, Great American Ball Park will host another whopper, the All Star Game.

All have brought beaucoup dollars into the city.

But the big prize might be right around the corner – a national presidential nominating convention. The Republican National Convention to be exact.