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Dallas loses 2016 Republican National Convention bid to Cleveland

Dallas loses 2016 Republican National Convention bid to Cleveland

American Airlines Center in Dallas
Dallas had proposed hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention at American Airlines Center. Photo by Clay Coleman/American Airlines Center

It seems everything is coming up Cleveland these days. Just months after the Browns scooped up Johnny Manziel, Cleveland has beaten out Dallas yet again, this time for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

GOP chairman Reince Priebus announced the decision Tuesday morning on Fox News. Although Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings surprised everyone with a last-minute bid to host the convention, Dallas quickly emerged as a serious contender.

Big D made it through several rounds and was named a finalist in April, along with Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas. The field was narrowed to just Dallas and Cleveland in June. 

In a statement, site selection chairwoman Enid Mickelsen pointed out that holding the event in Cleveland meant an earlier start on the campaign trail. Due to NHL and NBA playoff schedules, Dallas wouldn't be able to hold the convention at American Airlines Center until mid-July; Cleveland offered to relocate sporting events in June to accommodate the GOP.

I'm confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention. I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas. Dallas is a world-class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people, and I'm certain they'll make a great host for our party in the future.

Dallas last hosted the Republican National Convention in 1984 when Ronald Reagan was the nominee. North Texas hosted both state conventions in 2014.