Denver makes latest cut for hosting 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC)

DENVER - Denver has made the latest cut in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Republican National Committee narrowed the field of possible convention sites on Wednesday.

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas, Kansas City, and Las Vegas are also in the running. Columbus and Phoenix were eliminated.

“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. 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," Site Selection Committee Chair Enid Mickelsen said in a statement.

A final decision is expected in August.

Denver argues its success with the 2008 Democratic convention shows it can handle such a large event.

Colorado also has appealing symbolic value to the RNC. The state has leaned Democratic in the last two presidential elections because of an influx of young, educated professionals and a growing number of Hispanic voters, two groups Republicans are trying to win. And Republicans would be nominating their presidential candidate in the same place Barack Obama was picked.

If Denver is chosen to host the convention, Colorado Republican party chairman Ryan Call told 7NEWS that the Pepsi Center will serve as the principal event site -- hosting key speeches and the nominating process. He added that Coors Field is the proposed site for a welcome reception.  

The Colorado Convention Center would serve as an "expo" site, part of the "delegate experience," said Call.

"Denver has had a successful history of hosting large events, including Pope John Paul II's historic visit in 1993, the 2008 Democratic convention and the first presidential debate of 2012," Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet wrote in a letter supporting the bid.

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