(Las Vegas, NV) — Las Vegas has withdrawn its bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
In a letter to the RNC Selection Committee, Nevada’s Host Committee Chairman Brian Krolicki wrote, “It has become clearly evident to the Las Vegas 2016 Host Committee that two primary conditions must be fully met by any competing bid city if it is to successfully secure the eventual honor of hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention: The ability to provide a traditional arena facility to physically accomodate the convention; and an on-site preparatory period deemed sufficient by your technical consultants to allow for an anticipated convention commencement date in June of 2016. Las Vegas is currently unable to meet either one of these requirements.”
Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald says, “It’s a shame we had to withdraw this round but I will be pushing for 2020!”
The Nevada Republican Party’s twitter feed suggests the lack of an appropriate venue to host the convention could be involved.
After surviving two rounds of cuts, Las Vegas was still in the running against Cincinatti, Cleveland, Denver, Dallas, and St. Louis.
Las Vegas had been considered among the favorites, due to the abundance of hotel rooms, meeting spaces, and easy transportation.
More details as they become available.