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February 12, 2015

Philadelphia Will Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

Philadelphia was tapped this morning to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, beating out a wide range of other potential cities including New York, where Brooklyn and its Barclays Center was promoted as a potential venue.

The New York Times noted that the "symbolism of [Philadelphia], where the founding fathers overcame broad ideological and regional differences to forge consensus, helped Philadelphia prevail over New York and Columbus, Ohio." 

“In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep-rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering,” Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement.

RELATED: Cleveland to Host 2016 Republican National Convention

Back in July, the Republican National Committee selected Cleveland in the swing state of Ohio to host their convention, which is is expected to attract 40,000 to 50,000 attendees from July 18 to 21.

The Democratic National Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center during the week of July 25, and is expected to attract an estimated 35,000 attendees. (The venue also hosted the 2000 Republican National Convention, which the Philadelphia Inquirer claims had a combined direct and indirect impact of $345 million on the area's economy.) The Times noted that the party gave up the greater voter attention that comes from holding their conference later in the year (as they typically do) in order to counter any bounce in the polls for the Republican nominee.

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