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Kansas City is among eight cities in the running for the 2016 GOP convention

Updated: 2014-02-27T22:15:37Z

By DAVE HELLING

The Kansas City Star

Eight cities — including Kansas City — met Wednesday’s deadline for submitting bids for the 2016 Republican National Convention, a party spokesman said Thursday.

The other cities were Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, all in Ohio, plus Las Vegas, Dallas, Phoenix and Denver.

Representatives of those eight cities will meet with the GOP site selection committee Monday to formally present their plans.

That committee may narrow the list of potential convention cities in mid-March. Members will then visit those cities, with a final choice expected late this summer or fall.

Kansas City also was invited to bid on the 2016 Democratic National Convention but is not expected to do so. The Democrats’ deadline for an initial proposal is Saturday.

St. Louis said Thursday it will not offer to host the Democrats’ gathering, and it did not bid on the Republican convention.

To reach Dave Helling, call 816-234-4656 or send email to dhelling@kcstar.com.

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