DENVER (AP) — Denver is waiting to find out whether it will make the next cut in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Republican National Committee is expected to narrow the field of possible convention sites on Wednesday.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix are also in the running.

Denver argues its success with the 2008 Democratic convention shows it can handle such a large event.

Colorado also has appealing symbolic value to the RNC. The state has leaned Democratic in the last two presidential elections because of an influx of young, educated professionals and a growing number of Hispanic voters, two groups Republicans are trying to win. And Republicans would be nominating their presidential candidate in the same place Barack Obama was picked.

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