Anxious. Hopeful. Nervously confident. All those describe what it's like in offices of many Greater Cleveland political, civic and business offices.


Anxious. Hopeful. Nervously confident.

All those words describe what it's like in the offices of many Greater Cleveland political, civic and business leaders Thursday morning.

They are waiting expectantly for a decision by nine voting members of the Republican Site Selection committee on whether Cleveland will make the cut to finalist status for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The call is expected after 3:30 pm.

There are six cities left in the mix. Republicans will narrow it down to a group that will get a full committee visit early in June.

The competition is Denver, Dallas, Las Vegas, Kansas City and Cincinnati. Like all the possible Republican candidates in the mix to run for President, each has strengths and weaknesses.

Cleveland's also vying for the 2016 Democratic Convention.

Its message to both parties is -- the city's downtown is in them midst of an energetic revival.

A new Convention Center is in place. A companion hotel would be done in time for a convention. And there enough hotel rooms within a 30- minute ride.

Quicken Loans Arena is a great facility.

The town's Public Square could be on track for a done-in-time green and people-friendly makeover.

Cleveland could pull this off, providing an enjoyable memorable experience.

The fact that the city is seriously vying for these events is a strong statement about its comeback and improved perception.

But It's hard to handicap this.

Republicans say it's more of a business than a political decision.

If delegates want to party hardy, Las Vegas is the place. But it's hot there. And there are all those temptations and distractions that could upstage the convention's candidate and message.

Summertime in Dallas would also be a sweat-a-thon.. But the city's financial package would be hard to beat.

Denver hosted a Democratic convention in 2008. It's got a track record.

Kansas City is in more Republican-friendly territory and has a dynamic mayor.

Cincinnati is in the heart of Ohio's Republican cradle. But its arena is lackluster and outdated.

What about the politics? Would Republicans come to a Democratic stronghold? If they are sincere about expanding their message and base to a more diverse audience, it might make sense. But it would also mean lots of counter-demonstrations.

Ohio, of course, is a crucial, must-win state for a Republican targeting the White House.

What about shortcomings?. Republicans want a late-June to mid-July convention. Cleveland, Dallas and Denver have NBA team arena conflicts.

And the convention center hotel down-to-the-wire timeline might be too close for comfort.

Cleveland has taken its best shot. Those on the convention team are proud of their effort.

But like a sports team making the playoffs and falling short of the big prize, elimination will be disappointing.

Either way, there will be no rest. Selection will mean preparing to host a big wine-and-dine event.

Elimination will mean all-in going after Democrats.

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