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Las Vegas on latest list of RNC's possible 2016 host cities

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LAS VEGAS  -- Las Vegas has made the latest list released by the Republican National Committee as a possible host city for the RNC in 2016.

The list of contenders was narrowed down to six contenders on Wednesday. Besides Las Vegas, the other contenders are Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Cleveland.

"We're are still in the running for 2016! Congratulations to all who have worked so hard," the Nevada GOP tweeted.

RNC staff is expected to conduct initial visits in April or May before cities are selected for official visits by a selection committee. The RNC will also review each location's financing, convention space, media workspace and hotels.

"We look forward to sitting down with the RNC delegation to further demonstrate our capacity to put on an incredible convention. This is what we do," said Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki, the chairman of Las Vegas 2016.

Las Vegas has hosted more than 21,000 conventions with 5 million attendees in 2012 alone. It has been the No. 1 convention destination in North America for 19 consecutive years. 

"We are thrilled and honored to move on to the next stage of the process," said Jack St. Martin, the executive director of Las Vegas 2016. "Las Vegas has the experience and capability to host an incredible convention and we are confident that the more the RNC explores what we have to offer, the more they will want to host the convention here."

Cities chosen for official site visits by the full selection committee will be announced in May.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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