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Ohio seeking to host GOP, Dem conventions in 2016

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Cleveland nearly set to host RNC, Columbus in running for DNC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cleveland has a virtual lock on the 2016 Republican National Convention, and Columbus is going after the Democratic one. If successful, it would be the first time that two different cities in one state host both major presidential nominating conventions.

Highlighting the stakes, several Ohio Democrats are cautioning their party could cede a major political advantage if they allow Republicans to dominate the state's convention spotlight. Columbus is among five cities in the running.

Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty is a co-chair of the state's effort to host the Democratic convention. She says Ohio is a critical swing state that "makes presidents," so Democrats should strongly consider Ohio.

A technical advisory team from the Democratic National Committee will visit Columbus beginning Wednesday and discuss how much money has been raised to host the 2016 convention.

The city plans to welcome the group with a rally. During the members' two-day visit, they are expected to get a driving tour of the city and see its convention center and Nationwide Arena.

Associated Press

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