Republican National Committee to announce site visits in race for 2016 Republican Convention

DENVER - Denver will find out Thursday if it has made the next list of candidates to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Several representatives from the Republican National Committee visited Denver last month. Thursday, the RNC will announce which cities will receive official site visits from the full RNC site selection delegation.

The site visits will likely take place between June 2 and June 13.

Experts say Colorado 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.

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.

Republicans are also considering Las Vegas, Dallas, Kansas City, Cleveland and Cincinnati as potential host cities.

A final decision is expected in August.

Denver argues the past success with the 2008 Democratic National Convention shows the city can handle such a large event.

The DNC also gave Denver a big economic boost. It brought in approximately $266 million to the city, according to one report.

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