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Cleveland named 2016 GOP Convention site finalist

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Republican National Committee has announced that Cleveland has moved forward to the next step in the search for a host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Dallas is the second finalist.

The committee visited Cleveland last month as part of the city’s bid to host the convention.

The delegates then went on to visit Kansas City, Dallas and Denver. The four were whittled down to Cleveland and Dallas Wednesday.

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.”

The host city is expected to be named in August.

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Kara Sutyak June 25, 20143:30 pm

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson: “We operated as one community to let the site selection committee know that we really wanted this convention; that if they came here they would be successful in their convention and delegate experience.”

Kara Sutyak June 25, 20143:31 pm

Mayor Jackson: “I’m appreciative to the committee and the community as a whole.”