Election 2016

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger is supporting the bid from Columbus to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is putting his muscle behind a bid by Ohio's capital to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Columbus leaders incorporated a letter of endorsement from the champion bodybuilder, movie star and Republican politician into their bid presentation Monday in Washington, D.C.

Representatives of Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland went to Washington to chat with Republican officials who will choose the site for their 2016 convention.

The three Ohio cities are in the running to host the convention, and the meetings Monday were informal sessions for GOP officials to answer questions about the process.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges said the meetings were an opportunity for the cities to "get the real lowdown on what it's going to take," according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Ohio's three largest cities all have hopes of landing a Democratic or Republican national convention in 2016.

Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati officials all figure that Ohio's importance as a presidential swing state will help their cause. All three say they have good facilities, hotel space and transportation links for hosting such large conventions.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the capital of Columbus has gotten an early jump, and Cincinnati is a latecomer in the competition.