UPDATE: On June 25, the field was narrowed to two cities: Dallas and Cleveland. A final decision is expected in August.
Looks like Dallas' last-minute bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention was well-advised. Our fair city is among six finalists for the GOP gathering.
If selected, Dallas would host the convention at American Airlines Center between June 27 and July 18. The other finalists are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas.
Dallas boasts the second-largest number of hotel rooms among the competing cities, something that's been an issue at past GOP conventions, leading to disgruntled attendees trekking several miles to events. The convention would bring in more than 50,000 delegates, journalists and other attendees.
Dallas last hosted the Republican National Convention in 1984 when Ronald Reagan was the nominee. North Texas is already slated to host both state conventions in 2014: The Republican convention takes place June 5-7 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and the Democratic convention is June 26-28 at the Dallas Convention Center.