8 cities make cut for GOP convention
By: Emily Schultheis
February 27, 2014 10:15 AM EST
Eight cities have made the cut in the ongoing contest to hold the GOP’s 2016 nominating convention, the Republican National Committee announced Thursday.
“Congratulations to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix for moving on to the next phase,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted.
The cities will present their case to the RNC’s site selection committee in Washington on Monday. The committee will then narrow the list down to three or four finalists to visit.
The winner will likely be announced later this spring or in the summer.
For the 2012 election cycle, the RNC announced its pick of Tampa in May 2010.
Las Vegas, Kansas City, Denver, Phoenix and Columbus hosted receptions and set up tables at the RNC’s Winter Meeting in D.C. earlier this year in an effort to woo members.
Many believe Las Vegas, which is backed by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, is the nominal frontrunner to win the convention; that said, there’s still a long way to go before the final decision.
Democrats, too, are beginning their convention selection process: cities interested in submitting a proposal for the 2016 DNC must notify the committee by Saturday.