Republican National committee to visit Denver Wednesday in search for convention host city

DENVER - Representatives from the Republican National Committee will tour Denver Wednesday as they narrow down the list of possible host cities for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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. 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.

Republicans are also considering Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas, Kansas City, and Las Vegas 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.

The DNC host committee also raised more than $55 million in cash.

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