Las Vegas’ chances of hosting the Republican Party’s National Convention in 2016 were buried out in the Nevada desert on Thursday when the city announced it was dropping out of consideration for the party’s selection process.
Nevada’s lieutenant governor and host committee Chairman Brian Krolicki stated that the city didn’t have enough time to prepare for the event and lacked an appropriate arena to accommodate the thousands expected to attend the convention.
Las Vegas was one of the final six contenders for the RNC’s destination, along with Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City. Cincinnati also withdrew from the running, leaving only four cities remaining for the GOP to select from. Las Vegas made it to the final running owing to its large array of hotels, convention centers, entertainment options, and location in a battleground state made Sin City an appealing choice for the RNC.
While this was a huge blow for Nevada Republicans, some social conservatives cheered this development. The Family Research Council applauded Vegas’ dropping out of the race as they considered Sin City an inappropriate choice for the Republican Party. FRC’s president Tony Perkins said that it was a wise choice in light of the Nevada Republican Party’s decision to take out positions opposing abortion and gay marriage from its official platform.
“We are pleased to learn today that Las Vegas has withdrawn its bid to become a host city – a decision that comes only weeks after the state party ignited a party-wide firestorm by stripping pro-life and pro-natural marriage language from its state platform,” Perkins said in a statement.
But for everyone who was hoping that the RNC might turn out to be the next iteration of the Hangover film series, cheer up: Sin City plans to reapply for 2020.