Republicans want to announce a done deal August 8 at a GOP gathering in Chicago.

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CLEVELAND -- A team of Republican staffers led by Site Selection Committee Chairperson Enid Mickelsen came to Cleveland Monday to delve into the details of possible June or July conventions.

Republican spokesman Ryan Mahoney said the party is considering both months.

But Republican leaders have expressed a preference for a June date to help their nominee get a head start on fundraising and out-of-the-gate energy against the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

And Cleveland is the only city, claiming it can deliver a June date -- June 27.

Both cities have NBA teams that require having the arena committed for possible playoffs through around June 20.

And Dallas has an NHL team with a similar conflict.

Dallas has said arena issues and committed hotel rooms in June make July 18 its one and only date.

Cleveland's ready to to do both.

Republicans want four to six weeks of exclusive control to get the chosen arena convention-ready.

Cleveland claims it can accomplish that within a much shorter time span, sharing access with the Cleveland Cavaliers if need be.

Monday and Tuesday, the city's convention team will try to convince Republicans that's do-able.

Negotiations have not started with either city.

Mahoney says the next decision is whether to conduct dual negotiations or lock in and commit to the winning city .

Republicans want to announce a done deal August 8 at a GOP gathering in Chicago.

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