Kansas City out of running for 2016 Republican National Convention

Kansas City's bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention is over.

Dallas and Cleveland are finalists to host the event, according to a tweet sent out by the Republican National Committee. Denver was also eliminated from contention for the convention.

 

Several cities have been competing for the chance to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, which attracts thousands of political activists, donors and reporters every four years. RNC leaders are expected to select the winning convention site later this summer.

Dallas' chances are strengthened by its coalition of wealthy donors with ties to the Bush family and the oil industry. Cleveland sits in the heart of Ohio, a perennial swing state.

Republican leaders want their convention held in the early summer of 2016.

The Republican National Committee released this statement (in part quoted below), praising Kansas City and Denver for its respective efforts.

“After extensive review the site selection committee has chosen Cleveland and Dallas as finalists for the 2016 convention.  Cleveland and Dallas demonstrated their ability to host a phenomenal convention in 2016, and the RNC is excited about the prospect of hosting our convention in either of these great cities. After visiting both cities, I can say to my fellow Republicans that we should be excited for the 2016 convention. These world class cities know how to roll out the welcome mat, and more importantly they have the ability to provide our next presidential nominee a launching pad that will put a Republican in the White House in 2016.

“The committee extends our sincere thanks and gratitude to Denver and Kansas City  for their hard work and dedication to this effort.  Both teams should be proud of their work. They were great ambassadors for their cities, and we felt fortunate to visit and get to know them. This was a tough decision for our committee because all four of these cities made excellent bids.

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