Republicans will select their presidential candidate in 2016 more than a month earlier than they did in 2012.

The Republican National Committee announced late Wednesday that the party’s national convention would take place in Cleveland between July 18 and July 21. Congress is usually in session at that point of the summer, but lawmakers on Capitol Hill can adjust the schedule to accommodate for the coronation.

In 2012, Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? China's genocide must be stopped How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress MORE accepted the party’s nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., which began on Aug. 27.


“A convention in July is a historic success for our party and future nominee,” RNC Chairman Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusDemocrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Governor races to test COVID-19 response, Trump influence MORE said in a statement. “The convention will be held significantly earlier than previous election cycles, allowing access to crucial general election funds earlier than ever before to give our nominee a strong advantage heading into Election Day.”

Republicans are compressing the primary process in 2016 to allow more time for the party to rally around its eventual nominee.

In 2012, Romney had to beat back a host of conservative upstarts in what was a long and expensive primary process. By the time he became the party’s standard bearer, he had less than three months to rally conservatives ahead of the November showdown with President Obama.

The RNC is holding its winter meeting this week in San Diego.

Priebus is up for reelection and is expected to win another term, and the party will make other critical decisions about the 2016 election process, including how many Republican debates will be held.

A host of potential GOP presidential contenders will be on hand for the meetings, including Romney, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Dr. Ben Carson.

Democrats have yet to decide on a host city or date for their national convention. Their 2012 convention in Charlotte, N.C., started on Sept. 3.