Dallas, Cleveland make cut for 2016 Republican convention

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Updated: 6/25 2:39 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Only two cities remain in the sweepstakes to host the Republican Party's next presidential nominating convention in two years.

Republican National Committee members on Wednesday selected the two finalists -- Dallas and Cleveland -- and eliminated Denver and Kansas City from the running.

Several cities have been competing for the chance to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, which attracts thousands of political activists, donors and reporters every four years. RNC leaders are expected to select the winning convention site later this summer.

Dallas' chances are strengthened by its coalition of wealthy donors with ties to the Bush family and the oil industry. Cleveland sits in the heart of Ohio, a perennial swing state.

Republican leaders want their convention held in the early summer of 2016.

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