Columbus, Ohio, launches campaign for 2016 Democratic convention

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A group of Ohio">Buckeye state political figures will begin making the case to Democrats this week that Columbus, Ohio, should be the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The push will begin with a cocktail reception Thursday at the Capital Hilton in downtown Washington. Among those slated to attend are Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

"As Ohio goes ... so goes the nation," an invitation to the event notes, a nod to Ohio's status as a key battleground state in many presidential elections.

The lobbying effort by cities to host the 2016 Republican National Convention is already well under way, with Las Vegas, Kansas City and Denver some of the early frontrunners.

The selection process for Democrats is just beginning though. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently wrote to the mayors of dozens of cities asking them to consider hosting the next convention, according to a report published Tuesday by CNN.

Hosting a political convention is an expensive proposition for a city and can cost tens of millions of dollars. But with that investment, a host city generates revenue and receives national attention for a week's worth of convention festivities, culminating in the nomination of the party's candidate for president.

Charlotte, N.C., played host to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and Tampa, Fla., hosted the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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