The announcement was tweeted out Wednesday afternoon by Ryan Mahoney, the GOP's deputy press secretary

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Cleveland and Dallas are finalists to host the 2016 Republican presidential convention.

Here's the official announcement:

The committee's decision was based on a thorough review of bids, presentations, and visits to each of the cities.

Following today's meeting of the RNC's Site Selection Committee, Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen issued the following statement:

"After extensive review the site selection committee has chosen Cleveland and Dallas as finalists for the 2016 convention. Cleveland and Dallas demonstrated their ability to host a phenomenal convention in 2016, and the RNC is excited about the prospect of hosting our convention in either of these great cities. After visiting both cities, I can say to my fellow Republicans that we should be excited for the 2016 convention. These world class cities know how to roll out the welcome mat, and more importantly they have the ability to provide our next presidential nominee a launching pad that will put a Republican in the White House in 2016."

"The committee extends our sincere thanks and gratitude to Denver and Kansas City for their hard work and dedication to this effort. Both teams should be proud of their work. They were great ambassadors for their cities, and we felt fortunate to visit and get to know them. This was a tough decision for our committee because all four of these cities made excellent bids."

""As we move closer to choosing a host for our convention, I'm more confident than ever that we'll have an outstanding partner to showcase our Party and our Republican nominee in 2016."

The Ohio Republican Party also released a statement.

"This afternoon the Republican National Committee's Site Selection Committee announced Cleveland and Dallas as the finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges issued the following statement:

"We are thrilled that the Site Selection Committee chose Cleveland as one of two finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The Cleveland Host Committee clearly demonstrated that Cleveland is the ideal location to host the Convention. We will continue to work with them to bring the Convention to the nation's most important political battleground. Republicans in Ohio have demonstrated how powerful balanced budgets, a focus on jobs, tax relief and common-sense conservatism can be. Ohio is a model for the nation and there would be no better launching point for the next President of the United States."

The announcement was tweeted out first Wednesday afternoon by Ryan Mahoney, the GOP's deputy press secretary.

"RNC Selects Cleveland and Dallas as #RNC2016 Finalists," he posted.

June 25, 2014: Cleveland & Dallas: Two final RNC contenders. WKYC-TV

Cleveland reacts to being a GOP convention finalist. Watch the full press conference:

June 25, 2014: Full press conference | Cleveland reacts to being GOP convention finalist. WKYC-TV

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