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Four Presidential Candidates To Headline Ohio Democratic Party Dinner

Democratic candidates on stage at a presidential primary debate at Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, 2019.
Democratic candidates on stage at a presidential primary debate at Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, 2019.

The national Democratic chairman and four of the party's 2020 presidential contenders are scheduled to headline the Ohio Democratic Party's biggest annual fundraiser.

The party announced the line-up for its State Dinner Monday. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez will be joined by White House candidates Rep. Tim Ryan, Julián Castro, Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer at the dinner, which is being held October 13 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The event falls two days before the  fourth Democratic presidential primary debate being held at Otterbein University in nearby Westerville.

Of the candidates at the fundraiser, only Ryan failed to qualify for the debate. However, the Ohio Congressman says he has no plans to leave the presidential race.

Republican President Donald Trump decisively carried Ohio in 2016. Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper says suburbs like Westerville are trending Democratic and are shaping up as major political battlegrounds next year.

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