In November, Republican political consultant Mike Murphy urged the party to hold its nominating convention in Detroit. (Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)
Washington — Detroit is not in the running for the 2016 Republican National Convention, the head of the party said Thursday.
GOP chairman Reince Prebius tweeted that "Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas & Phoenix" are "moving on to the next phase."
In November, Republican political consultant Mike Murphy urged the party to hold its nominating convention in Detroit.
Even though Detroit is a Democratic Party stronghold in Michigan, a state that hasn't awarded its electoral votes to a Republican since 1988, Murphy argued that Detroit is a perfect place to showcase the party's principles.
Murphy says Republicans should hold their 2016 national nominating convention in the Motor City — just like GOP icon Ronald Reagan did in 1980 — and highlight the bankrupt city's economic comeback.
"What didn't work in Detroit was decades of big Democratic government fueled by public-employee unions," Murphy wrote in Time. "What is working now is a comeback in the central city fueled by young entrepreneurs and free enterprise. Detroit is going to be a comeback story, and it will be done on GOP principles. What better place to show the country that we offer a way forward with room for everyone?"
In 1980, Reagan ended up winning Michigan and 44 other states in a landslide victory over incumbent President Jimmy Carter.
When Vice President Joe Biden visited Detroit in January, there was some talk among local officials about making a bid to host one of the two political party conventions. But many Detroit business leaders didn't endorse the idea.