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June 9, 2014

What City Will Host the 2016 Democratic National Convention?

Several cities around the United States are bidding to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The Associated Press is reporting that New York City--specifically, the borough of Brooklyn--and two cities in presidential swing state Ohio (Cleveland and Columbus) are under consideration for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Other possibilities include Birmingham, Alabama; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Phoenix, Arizona.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who leads the Democratic National Committee, said that a group of national committee officials would evaluate the cities and make site visits as the committee considers its options. 

Over the past decade, as the New York Times notes, Brooklyn has grown from "a symbol of the working class into a gritty, global arbiter of cool." In a 200-page formal bid, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio recommended the borough's Barclays Center, the rust-glazed sports and entertainment arena, as the anchor venue for the gathering, with accommodations and other events to be spread across the city’s four other boroughs.

The Times noted that the shift to Barclays Center from Madison Square Garden, which has hosted four Democratic conventions and the 2004 Republican one, would be "freighted" with symbolism.

According to the AP, determining factors will include whether the city has the facilities to stage the pageantry and whether there are enough hotels to house the delegates and media descending on the region.

Republicans, meanwhile, are considering four cities for its 2016 convention: Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Cleveland; and Kansas City, Missouri.

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