// The Republican National Convention will take place July 18-21 //
Nearly 2,500 delegates will come together at the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) to elect their nominees for president and vice president. The party held its first national convention in Philadelphia in June 1856.
The convention, which will convene in Cleveland from July 18-21, will be a four-day affair of speeches and displays of loyalty and allegiance to the Republican party platform.
According to recent analysis, the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, has secured 1,543 delegates, although he only needs 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination.
Some withdrawn candidates may announce they will release their delegates to Trump in a show of party unity, like Sen. Marco Rubio. But delegates may still choose to stay with the former candidates and critics note a Trump nomination is not necessarily inevitable as delegates are legally "bound only by their consciences," once the convention starts.
See below for everything you need to know about the upcoming RNC.
Trump's Vice President Pick
Mike Pence @GovPenceIN
Pence took office in 2013 and currently serves as the 50th Governor of Indiana. He has also been seen campaigning with Trump. Most recently Pence was seen meeting members of Trump’s family.
MAKER and the first woman to pilot and command a space shuttle mission, Eileen Collins, is among the confirmed speakers for the Republican National Convention.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Scott Walker, Ben Carson, and Speaker Paul Ryan are also confirmed as speakers for the RNC. Here's the partial list of 62 speakers confirmed for this week's convention.
Republican Women to Watch
Sharon Day, @SharonDay
Sharon Day was elected Co-Chairman of the RNC on January 14, 2011, and was re-elected on January 25, 2013. Between 2009 and 2011, she served as RNC Secretary. She has served the Republican Party at the local, state and national level for more than 20 years.
Kelly Ayotte, @KellyAyotte
First elected to the Senate in 2010 for New Hampshire, Ayotte is said to work across party lines and is ranked as one of the most bipartisan senators. Although she was overlooked by Trump for a potential vice president pick, she is held in high regard by many national party leaders.
Nikki R. Haley, @nikkihaley
Haley was sworn in as governor of South Carolina on January 12, 2011, and was sworn in for her second term on January 14, 2015. While Haley endorsed Mitt Romney early in the 2012 presidential race and campaigned alongside him, she is not interested in being Trump’s running mate in this election.
Susana Martinez, @Gov_Martinez
In 2010, Martinez was elected governor of the State of New Mexico and became New Mexico’s first female governor and the first Hispanic female elected governor in the history of the United States. Although Trump has declined to consider Martinez for vice-president on his ticket, she is largely considered an up and coming Hispanic Republican.
Event to Attend:
In addition to the approximately 1,200 events throughout the week that will take place at local venues and attractions, Women Rule at the RNC, will feature networking opportunities and a newsmaker interview discussing the 2016 presidential race.
The event will be held in collaboration with Google, Politico, and the Tory Burch Foundation and will take place outside the Politico Newshub on July 20th 2016. It will be free to attend and livestreamed. Doors open at 3:00 p.m and the event ends at approximately 5:00 pm.
For more information visit Politico and to join the conversation use #WomenRule.
For Latest News Follow:
Chairman, Republican National Committee: @Reince
Twitter: Follow @GOP or use #RNCinCLE to join in conversation
Alternatively, You can sign up for the e-newsletter on the Host Committee website.
The main convention center will be the Quicken Loans Arena and the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland will serve as the media center.
The Republican National Convention is not open to the public.
Google will be the official live stream provider at the Republican National Convention. You can also watch live whenever the convention is in session right inside Twitter with a simulcast from CBS News.
Contact your county Republican Party or the Ohio Republican Party if you have an interest in being involved with the campaign or convention.
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