Kansas City among finalists for 2016 Republican National Convention

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City survives another day after members of the Republican National Convention Site Committee voted to leave it on the list of contenders to host the 2016 GOP National Convention.

“It's not over yet," Mayor Sly James said.

Columbus and Phoenix were not so lucky.  Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and Kansas City are the current finalists.

"We've got a lot of work to do, you know everybody does," Mayor James said.

He knows there is still a lot of convincing to do.

"We have the site technical visit coming up which will be very technical. They'll want to look at electricity and current and places and spaces," he said.

For starters, Kansas City must raise the $50-60 million required to host the four-day convention. The Kansas City RNC is already taking pledges from people in and around the area.

But even before the money, the Kansas City RNC Committee must show the city of fountains has what it takes when national selection committee members visit this spring.

"It will include some of the technical stuff, but it will include all of the other things as well," Mayor James said, “the venues, where things are, hotel rooms, all of that."

The list will once again be narrowed down in mid-May.

According to a study done in Tampa Bay, where the last RNC was hosted, more than $214 million went directly into city.

This story will be updated.

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