Columbus Eliminated From 2016 Republican National Convention List

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Cleveland and Cincinnati are still in contention as possible sites for the 2016 Republican National Convention after the list was narrowed.

Columbus, the third Ohio city that made a bid, was knocked off Wednesday along with Phoenix as officials cut the list to six. The Republican National Committee says other cities that made the cut were Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and Kansas City, Mo.

A small Republican team will visit the six cities to scrutinize their financing, convention venues, hotels and media workspace. The selection committee then will decide which cities get official visits from the full Republican National Committee delegation.

Ohio has not hosted a national political convention since 1936, when it had 26 electoral votes as the nation's fourth most populous state.