Denver remains a contender to host the 2016 RNC

The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee voted this week to narrow the list of sites in contention for the 2016 Republican National Convention from eight to six cities, and Denver survived the cut to host the once-every-four-years top political gathering. The other cities moving on to the next round of consideration are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City and Las Vegas. Phoenix, Ariz., and Columbus, Ohio, were eliminated.

“We believe that no city is better equipped to host the Republican National Convention, and we are excited to make it to the next stage in the selection process,” Denver 2016 Chairman Pete Coors said. “We will continue to work with our bipartisan coalition of business, civic and political leaders to show the Site Selection Committee just why Denver is the best choice to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.”

Denver hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and was widely praised for its successful effort. The city is considered to be a top contender for the 2016 event because much of the infrastructure is already in place and Denver has shown it can accommodate the expected 20,000 visitors to the city in the summer. The citywide effort has also attracted a bipartisan group of enthusiasts, including Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, both Democrats.

A small team of RNC staff will visit the remaining six cities for a more in-depth and technical look at financing, convention venues, media workspace and hotels. The SSC will reconvene after the RNC’s spring meeting to make a determination on which of the six cities will receive official site visits from the full RNC delegation.

“This is the exciting part in the process,” Colorado Republican Committee Chairman Ryan Call said. “Now the Site Selection Committee will get to experience what makes Denver the jewel of the Rockies.”

“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,” stated SSC Chair Enid Mickelsen. “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.”

“I want to thank each city for their tireless efforts and hard work throughout this process, and I look forward to this next phase as we select a city to help us nominate the next Republican President of the United States.”