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.