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Will Republicans rock Cleveland or go big in Dallas with their 2016 national convention?

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Cleveland and Dallas are the finalists to host the next presidential confab and eliminated Denver and Kansas City from consideration.

"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," said Enid Mickelsen, chairwoman of the RNC's site selection committee.

"After visiting both cities, I can say to my fellow Republicans that we should be excited for the 2016 convention," she said. "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."

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has said the decision on a host city will be based on logistics, such as venues, hotel rooms and transportation.

But the politics of the two host cities are hard to miss: Cleveland is located in the swing state of Ohio — and no Republican since Abraham Lincoln in 1860 has won the presidency without carrying that state.

Dallas, meanwhile, is deep in the heart of Republican-red Texas — a state that Mitt Romney carried with 57% of the vote.

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