Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, tweeted the following:
Reince Priebus @Reince 1h
“Congratulations to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas & Phoenix for moving on to the next phase.”
All of these cities are located in Mid-America and the Sunbelt and none on either coasts. Several of these cities - Las Vegas, Denver, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland - are located in states that were swing states in the 2012 Presidential election. Ohio, home to three of the cities, has been known as a swing state since the 1980s.
Numbers from the 2012 Presidential Election
Nevada (Las Vegas): 6 electoral votes. 52.3% Obama; 45.7% Romney.
Colorado (Denver): 9 electoral votes. 51.2% Obama; 46.5% Romney.
Ohio (Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland): 18 electoral votes. 50.1% Obama; 48.2% Romney.
Missouri (Kansas City): 10 electoral votes. 44.3% Obama; 53.9% Romney.
Arizona (Phoenix): 11 electoral votes. 44.1% Obama; 54.2% Romney.
Texas (Dallas): 38 electoral votes. 41.4% Obama; 57.2% Romney.