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DENVER - Is Denver close to hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention?

An announcement made Wednesday regarding which of the final eight cities in contention have advanced to the next round says yes. Republicans will visit the possible cities in April to make their final decision.

The other cities vying to host the RNC include Cincinnati, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Dallas and Kansas City.

"After a painstaking review, I'm pleased to announce that six cities have moved on to the next round of consideration for the 2016 Republican National Convention," SCC Chair Enid Mickelsen said. "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.

Columbus and Phoenix did not make it to this round.

"In any other year, Columbus and Phoenix could have topped the list, but with so many strong cities competing, the committee had to make the difficult decision to narrow the field," Mickelsen said. "Phoenix and Columbus are great American cities, and I hope they'll pursue a future bid for an RNC convention.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said picking a convention site is a "business decision." He said the most important factor is whether the host community can raise its share of the necessary funding. The second most important factor is efficient transportation and adequate hotel rooms.

Officials with each city were given time last month to make their case to host the event. Republicans won't make their final choice until late summer or early fall.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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