Six cities bid for Democratic National Convention in 2016 – By JAMES HOHMANN | 6/7/14 3:02 PM EDT


Celebration following President Barack Obama's acceptance speech September 6, 2012 at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. | Brett Flashnick/ for POLITICO)

The Democratic National Committee invited 15 cities to make a proposal. | POLITICO Photo

Six cities submitted bids to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016: Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix, Democrats announced Saturday.

In April, the Democratic National Committee invited 15 cities to make a proposal and these are the ones that responded by the deadline.

A Technical Advisory Committee will now evaluate all six cities, making site visits and studying their logistical ability to handle the crowds of people. A final decision will be announced either late this year or in early 2015.

(Earlier on POLITICO: Brooklyn to bid for DNC 2016)

“Hosting a party convention is a true honor and we’re thrilled with all the fantastic options that we have going into the next cycle,” DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “We look forward to evaluating these bids and selecting a city to host this special gathering of Democrats.”

Republicans are much further along in their selection process. They’ve narrowed it down to four cities: Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City. Last month, Cincinnati and Las Vegas were dropped from the running.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/democratic-national-convention-six-cities-bid-107560.html#ixzz342UgJHzF

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