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BREAKING NEWS: Cleveland & Dallas FINALISTS in the RNC site selection process

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The Republican National Committee narrowed down the playing field down Wednesday -- once again.

The RNC announced Dallas and Cleveland will move on to the next step in their bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The committee's decision was based on a thorough review of bids, presentations, and visits to each of the cities.

Committee members spent all month visiting the final four cities: Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City -- looking at venues, hospitality, security and transportation options.  

Following today's meeting of the RNC's Site Selection Committee, Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen issued the following statement: 

 "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.

As we move closer to choosing a host for our convention, I'm more confident than ever that we'll have an outstanding partner to showcase our Party and our Republican nominee in 2016."

A final decision is expected by late summer.

Cleveland meantime, has also placed a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

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