Republicans will hold their national convention July 18 through 21, 2016, party officials announced Wednesday.
That’s an unusually early date, more than a month earlier than the 2012 convention. The party will meet in Cleveland to pick its presidential and vice presidential nominee.
Party officials pushed for the earlier date – which was common in the late 20th century – so it could start the general election process sooner. They felt that in 2012, nominee Mitt Romney was at a disadvantage agaisnt incumbent President Barack OBama because of the later start.
2016 will feature no incumbents, and Democrats have discussed having their convention in late July or early August.