Cleveland and Dallas are finalists to host 2016 Republican convention

And then there were two.

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that it has whittled the finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cleveland and Dallas.

"After visiting both cities, I can say to my fellow Republicans that we should be excited for the 2016 convention," said RNC Site Selection Committee Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen in a statement announcing the decision. "These world class cities know how to roll out the welcome mat, and more importantly they have the ability to provide our next presidential nominee a launching pad that will put a Republican in the White House in 2016."

Kansas City and Denver, the other two in the running, did not make the cut.

"Both teams should be proud of their work," Mickelsen said. "They were great ambassadors for their cities, and we felt fortunate to visit and get to know them. This was a tough decision for our committee because all four of these cities made excellent bids.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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