The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Dallas and Cleveland are the finalists to host the party's 2016 national convention.
“After extensive review the site selection committee has chosen Cleveland and Dallas as finalists for the 2016 convention," RNC Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen said in a statement. "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."
Denver and Kansas City were eliminated with this decision. Las Vegas and Cincinnati took themselves out of contention two months ago.
In a statement responding to its elimination, the Kansas City bid team stated that a formal announcement for the 2016 host city is expected to be made at the RNC's summer meeting in Chicago in early August.
“The committee extends our sincere thanks and gratitude to Denver and Kansas City for their hard work and dedication to this effort," Mickelsen added. "Both teams should be proud of their work."