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Kansas City Makes Latest Cut For Republican National Convention


Kansas City made the next cut in the running for the 2016 Republican National Convention, the GOP announced Wednesday.

Denver, Las Vegas, Cincinnati and Cleveland are also still contenders for the convention. Pheonix and Columbus were eliminated.

Shortly after the announcement, Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James said the city would have no problem accommodating the expected 40 thousand conventioneers.

“When we had the Big Twelve Tournament down here a couple of weekends back, we also had the Comicon convention here," James said. "We had about 45 thousand people wandering around downtown Kansas City that weekend. Everything went off without a hitch, and people loved it. We’ll do the same thing for the Republican National Committee.”

A team from the RNC staff will visit the remaining cities to take a closer look at financing, convention venues, media workspace and hotels.

After that, the Site Selection Committee (SSC) will convene to decide which of the six cities will be selected to receive official visits from the entire RNC delegation.

"The eyes of the world will be on the RNC and our host city in the summer of 2016, and these six cities have shown they have what it takes to move forward," SCC chair Enid Mickelsen said in a release.

Kansas City, Mo., last hosted the National Republican Convention in 1976.

A California native, Briana comes to KCUR by way of KMUW in Wichita, Kan. and KUSP in Santa Cruz, Calif.
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