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Cleveland still in the race to host the RNC convention

Cleveland, OH still in the race to host the RNC convention. Cleveland, OH still in the race to host the RNC convention.
Cleveland, OH still in the race to host the RNC convention. Cleveland, OH still in the race to host the RNC convention.
Cleveland, OH still in the race to host the RNC convention. Cleveland, OH still in the race to host the RNC convention.

The Republican National Committee narrowed down their list for which city will host the 2016 convention. And, Cleveland is still a contender!

In addition to Cleveland -- Dallas, Denver, and Kansas City rounds out the final four.

Ohio is a hot swing state in primary elections. 

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."

Tampa was the 2012 location, which resulted in a $400 billion economic boost for the area.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald issued the following statement after learning that Cleveland is one of four cities still in contention to host the 2016 Republican National Convention:

"Today's announcement offers further proof of the enormous progress we have made here in Cleveland and across all of Northeast Ohio. There is no doubt that our city's renaissance is fully underway, and I thank Mayor Jackson and the members of our respective councils for supporting this effort. I look forward to offering my full support to the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee as we continue preparations for the next steps in this process, beginning with a visit from the full site selection committee."

An update on Cleveland's bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention is set for 5:15 at Quicken Loans arena.

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