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Columbus still in the running for DNC 2016
Democrats could choose to go head-to-head with Republicans in a battle for Ohio
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Ohio Democrats are unsure whether the national party will still consider Columbus as one of the top candidates to host the 2016 Democratic convention.
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Cleveland has been selected by the Republicans as the site of their 2016 presidential nominating convention.

Some believe the choice has dramatically changed Columbus’ chances to host the Democratic convention, as Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports.

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Former Ohio Democratic Party chair David Leland was on the committee that picked Boston for the 2004 DNC convention, and is a strong supporter of Columbus as the 2016 site. But he says the DNC will look at infrastructure and financial commitment, and not where the Republican convention will be.
“I don’t think it affects Columbus one way or the other.”

Former Democratic National Committee chair David Wilhelm also lives in Columbus. He says while the city’s drive to host the convention will be a major factor, he thinks Democrats will have to consider how Republicans will dominate the political coverage in a swing state just months before the election.
“You’re going to want to match that, you’re going to want to compete with that.”

There’s no correlation between convention location and election results – though the Democrats do have a better record of holding their conventions in states they go on to win. But in 2012, both parties held their conventions in states they lost. 

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