COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- The list of cities in the running to host the 2016 Republican National Convention has been narrowed down and Columbus did not make the cut.
While Columbus is out, Cincinnati and Cleveland are still in the running along with Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.
A small team of RNC staff will visit the six cities for a more in-depth and technical look at financing, convention venues, media workspace, and hotels.
“In any other year, Columbus and Phoenix could have topped the list, but with so many strong cities competing, the committee had to make the difficult decision to narrow the field. Phoenix and Columbus are great American cities, and I hope they’ll pursue a future bid for an RNC convention," said Site Selection Committee Chairman Enid Mickelsen.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges says he's disappointed Columbus didn't make the cut, but excited that Ohio is still in the running.
"All along we've said that we think the convention should come to Ohio. It's a critical battleground state," he said.
No word on when a final decision will be made.