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RNC awards 2016 convention to Cleveland over Dallas

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Cleveland was awarded the 2016 Republican National Convention over Dallas on Tuesday.

Scheduling might have been the item that hurt Dallas. The RNC wanted early access to the American Airlines Center. With the possibility of a Mavericks or Stars playoff run, the city could only offer convention dates in mid-July. Cleveland offered June and July dates.

"This committee was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention. I'm confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention," said site selection chairwoman Enid Mickelsen in a statement.

The RNC visited four cities in June. Denver and Kansas City were eliminated shortly after the visits.

Dallas was far ahead of Cleveland when it came to fundraising. The price tag to host the convention is $60 million. Dallas bid organizers said last month $45 million of that has already been committed.

"A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I'm encouraged by the committee's recommendation,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement. "I also want to thank Dallas. The hospitality shown by their city, their team and the Republican community in Dallas has been tremendous."

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