David Yates Jul. 8, 2014, 6:13pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that Cleveland had beat out Dallas for the right to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The RNC's site selection committee's recommendation to hold the event in Cleveland remains contingent on successful contract negotiations and a final vote at the RNC's summer meeting in Chicago.

"A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I'm encouraged by the committee's recommendation," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

"I also want to thank Dallas. The hospitality shown by their city, their team and the Republican community in Dallas has been tremendous."

The site selection chairwoman, Enid Mickelsen, added, "Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can't think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016."

"I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas," Mickelsen said. "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. The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer."

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