Las Vegas withdraws bid to host GOP convention

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas has withdrawn its bid to host the 2016 GOP convention.

In a letter to the Republican National Committee, Las Vegas cited scheduling and facility problems in withdrawing its convention bid.

Las Vegas was thought to be a leader in the competition to win the convention, although some party officials worried that the city's reputation for excess could overshadow the event.

On Twitter, the state chairman of the Nevada Republican Party Michael J. McDonald said, "It's a shame we had to withdraw this round but I will be pushing for 2020."

Cincinnati also announced that it was out of the running. That leaves Dallas, Denver, Cleveland, and Kansas City, Missouri, under primary consideration.

Dallas is believed to be a major player in the competition, in part because of its coalition of wealthy donors with ties to the Bush family and the oil industry.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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