Could Democrats pick their 2016 presidential nominee in Columbus, Ohio?
That's the hope of Mayor Michael Coleman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, former governor Ted Strickland and other officials who are hosting a reception Thursday night in Washington to woo the Democratic National Convention to Ohio's capital city, according to CNN.
The network's PoliticalTicker blog reports that more than 30 mayors have received letters from the DNC inquiring of their interest in hosting the quadriennial convention, which is a major economic boost to its host. Charlotte, where President Obama accepted his second nomination for the White House, had an economic impact of nearly $164 million.
Ohio — a key swing state in any presidential election — would be represented if Cincinnati, Cleveland or Columbus submitted bids and eventually got selected by Democratic Party. CNN says other cities receiving letters, which include such specs as the number of hotel rooms, suites and skyboxes needed by the Democrats, include:
Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, El Paso, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Orlando, New Orleans, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Tampa.
Columbus, Las Vegas, Kansas City and Phoenix are among those cities already vying to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.