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CLEVELAND -- The stage is being set for a formal ratification and pronouncement of what we already know: the 2016 Republican Convention will be held in Cleveland.

Next Friday, the official vote approving the decision will come at the GOP's summer meeting in Chicago.

Negotiations of the multiple contracts needed to make it happen are continuing out of the spotlight. But multiple sources say they are going smoothly and well.

There will likely be a signing ceremony with another round of mutual complimentary remarks between Cleveland's convention team and Republican leaders about the upcoming event.

The party still has not decided whether to hold the event in late June or mid-July. Therefore, contracts are being drafted with appropriate language for both.

A decision will come sometime after the Friday events.

Follow WKYC's Senior Political Correspondent Tom Beres on Twitter: @TomBeres

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