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Las Vegas, Cincinnati Out for GOP Convention

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Two cities in the mix to host the next Republican National Convention are out of the running.
 
Republican Party officials say Las Vegas and Cincinnati are no longer being considered for the 2016 event.
 
That leaves Dallas, Denver, Cleveland, and Kansas City, Missouri, under primary consideration.
 
Dallas is believed to be a major player in the competition, in part because of its coalition of wealthy donors with ties to the Bush family and the oil industry.
 
In a letter to the Republican National Committee, Las Vegas cites scheduling and facility problems in withdrawing its convention bid.
 
Las Vegas was thought to be a leader in the competition to win the convention, although some party officials worried that the city's reputation for excess could overshadow the event.

Following today’s meeting of the Site Selection Committee, Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen issued the following statement:
 
“Today the committee determined that Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, and Kansas City will receive official visits from the full RNC site selection delegation.  All cities excelled in nearly every aspect of their bids and presentation this year, but these four cities stood out from the field from the start of this process and deserve a deeper look by the full committee.
 
“Prior to the committee’s vote, Cincinnati and Las Vegas notified the RNC that they would no longer pursue their bid to host the 2016 convention.  While the committee understands their decision, both cities made a compelling case for 2016 and would make excellent hosts should they pursue efforts to host a future RNC convention.
 
“I applaud the effort and commitment shown by all cities involved, and I thank all parties for their dedication to this endeavor.  The 2016 convention will provide a unique opportunity to showcase our Party as well as the host city itself, and I’m confident we will choose the best possible setting to nominate our next Republican president.”

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