2 Ohio cities make cut in bid to host GOP Convention

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan are on stage with their wives Ann Romney and Janna Ryan at the end of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee’s (RNC) Site Selection Committee (SSC) narrowed the field to six cities in contention to be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Cities moving on to the next round of consideration are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.  Columbus and Phoenix were eliminated.

“After a painstaking review, I’m pleased to announce that six cities have moved on to the next round of consideration for the 2016 Republican National Convention. The eyes of the world will be on the RNC and our host city in the summer of 2016, and these six cities have shown they have what it takes to move forward, said SSC Chair Enid Mickelsen. ““In any other year, Columbus and Phoenix could have topped the list, but with so many strong cities competing, the committee had to make the difficult decision to narrow the field.  Phoenix and Columbus are great American cities, and I hope they’ll pursue a future bid for an RNC convention.

A team of RNC staff will visit the six cities for a more in-depth and technical look at financing, convention venues, media workspace, and hotels.

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