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Ohio cities seek political conventions in 2016

Associated Press

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

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

The Dayton Daily News reports that the capital city of Columbus has gotten an early jump in preparing to make a pitch for a convention, while Cincinnati is a latecomer in the competition.

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.

Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said the cities will need private-sector support for their efforts — host cities will need to raise around $50 million for logistics, transportation and law enforcement around the conventions. He said all have local attractions that could draw convention participants.

“Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati all have enormous opportunities for nightlife and social events,” Redfern said. “The cities are very inviting.”

While the presidential tickets usually make scores of campaign visits to Ohio every four years, the state hasn’t hosted a national party convention since Republicans met in Cleveland in 1936.


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