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Denver submits bid for 2016 RNC

4:08 PM, Feb 24, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - Denver has formally requested that the Republican party hold its 2016 here.

Organizers hope that Colorado's status as a "purple" state and past success hosting the 2008 Democratic convention where Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for the presidency will help win the RNC.

In an event at city hall, Denver's Mayor Michael Hancock, a Democrat, was joined by former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez, who is serving as host committee chair.

The submission of the bid makes good on what was promised at a January kickoff, in which leaders said they expect the event to cost roughly $60 million, which they would raise through donations.

The effort to attract the biggest event for the Republican party to Denver's Pepsi Center also enjoys support from several other Colorado Democrats, including Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

That's in part because of the global attention it would bring to the city and also because of the economic benefit from the tens of thousands of visitors that would attend. 

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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