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GOP convention committee arrives Wednesday in Kansas City

The GOP 2016 convention would fit nicely in Sprint Center.
The GOP 2016 convention would fit nicely in Sprint Center. The Kansas City Star

The Republican Party’s convention site selection committee arrives in Kansas City on Wednesday to begin a close look at the area’s efforts to land the 2016 gathering.

It’s the second stop on a tour of the four cities seeking the convention. Committee members spent part of Monday and all of Tuesday in Cleveland, the first city to make its pitch.

Among the hurlers was Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona.

GOP chairman Reince Priebus said he was impressed by Cleveland’s efforts.

“I think the rest of the cities will have a lot of work to do,” he told reporters Tuesday.

Although the site selection committee is expected to conduct some business in Kansas City on Wednesday evening, the bulk of the work comes Thursday. Members are expected to tour the Sprint Center and other potential convention venues as well as meet with local officials about the city’s bid.

Convention officials are also expected to meet with reporters Thursday.

There are nine members on the GOP’s site selection committee, including the chairwoman, and four alternates. It isn’t known if all 13 members will make the trip to Kansas City.

The group, which includes GOP administrators, will travel to Dallas and Denver, the other convention competitors, next week.

Kansas City workers have spent the week smoothing over any rough edges near downtown. Weeds have been cut, signs repaired and trash picked up.

Downtown businesses have been urged to leave their lights on Wednesday and Thursday, and welcoming billboards dot the community.

The committee will recommend a convention city late this summer.

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