Who's hosting the DNC?
Members of the Democratic National Committee are currently touring those cities short-listed for the 2016 convention (DNC). While we won’t know for sure which city will host the convention until later this year or even earlier next year, we do know that it’s bound to be one of these five. Here are their odds:
Brooklyn, New York
Columbus went all-out in its bid for the 2016 DNC. When DNC site selectors stopped by, the city drew a crowd of 1,000 to a rally and parade at the Nationwide Arena. Ohio would be the epitome of a swing state if its capital is chosen to host the DNC — Cleveland was chosen to host the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC). Both cities would have to raise around $50 million to make the conventions happen.
The city of brotherly love has a few things going for it — the capacity to host with sports centers and the Pennsylvania Convention Center as well as experience in hosting major conventions, including the RNC in 2000. The city has also dropped some names — Ed Rendell, former mayor and governor of the state, was also once the DNC head and both Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can claim family ties to Pennsylvania.
Phoenix is the only city west of the Mississippi to make it to the final competition for DNC. The city focused its bid on demographics, presenting the DNC with an opportunity to reach out to a population that is largely Latino. The city made the same argument for their RNC bid, but were cut from the competition.