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Dallas to make 2016 Republican National Convention bid

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DALLAS -

The City of Dallas is making a late bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The event would be held at the American Airlines Center, most likely in July or August of 2016.

The convention would bring about 13,000 delegates and other party officials to the area as well as media from all over the world.

It wouldn't be the first time Dallas has hosted the Republicans. The city hosted the 1984 RNC at the Dallas Convention Center, nominating Ronald Reagan for his second term.

Officials estimate the economic impact of hosting the 2016 convention at about $150-200 million dollars, but Dallas would need to raise at least $50 million to help run for the four-day event.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat, and ex-Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican, are co-chairing the effort to bring the convention to Dallas.

Application paperwork is due in one week on Feb. 26.

Other cities who are bidding for the convention include Las Vegas, Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio.

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