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Ohio’s 3 Largest Cities Already Trying to Get Democratic or Republican Convention

Dec 27, 2013 11:00 am

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If Columbus, Cleveland or Cincinnati do land a political convention that should look to the example of Charlotte, North Carolina, which hosted the Democrats in 2012. Barack Obama may have benefited from a post-convention bump, but Charlotte’s convention business didn’t.

— Dennis Schaal

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Ohio’s three largest cities all have hopes of landing a Democratic or Republican national convention in 2016.

Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati officials all figure that Ohio’s importance as a presidential swing state will help their cause. All three say they have good facilities, hotel space and transportation links for hosting such large conventions.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the capital of Columbus has gotten an early jump, and Cincinnati is a latecomer in the competition.

Columbus officials say Nationwide Arena could host the convention, with plenty of convention facilities and hotels nearby.

Ohio’s Democratic Party and Republican Party leaders don’t agree on much, but both say they’d like to see the state host their conventions.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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