GOP officials and business leaders in the Cincinnati area are trying to put together a winning pitch for the Republican National Convention that would also highlight neighboring northern Kentucky.
With the deadline for a formal proposal less than a month away, officials are laying out the region's attributes and checking on potential funding for a 2016 convention that would bring tens of thousands of delegates, campaign workers, journalists and other visitors.
A leading argument for Ohio hosting is the state's role as a pivotal swing state. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has been aggressively promoting the state's capital for the GOP convention. The Democrat spoke recently to Republican National Committee members in Washington.
Cincinnati officials can counter with the proximity of northern Kentucky and its hotels and attractions.