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Dallas advances in bid to host 2016 Republican Convention

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The City of Dallas has advanced to the next round of bidding to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Other cities still in contention: Las Vegas, Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.

"The bids are in & we have 8 great cities vying for the 2016 RNC Convention," said Republican Chairman Reince Priebus on Twitter, where the finalists were announced.

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

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.

Dallas would need to raise at least $50 million to help run for the four-day event. Rawlings has said there would be no public funds used to run the event.

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.

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