Utah GOP abandons bid to host 2016 convention

Dec 23 2013 - 4:53pm


Republican Party
Republican Party

SALT LAKE CITY  -- Utah GOP leaders have reversed course and decided not to pursue a bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention in Salt Lake City.

Chairman James Evans told the Deseret News (http://bit.ly/1e5z7QC ) that Salt Lake City may not have convention-sized hotel in place to host the gathering.

He also says there are concerns about the $30 million a host city must raise and likelihood that national officials will instead choose a city in a swing state.

Las Vegas, Denver, Charlotte and Phoenix have all been considering or actively bidding to host the convention.

National Republican officials will name the host city next year.


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