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Columbus Vies for Chance to Host Political Convention
COLUMBUS -- The city has a lot to gain, economically and politically, by hosting a political convention -- no matter the party.
"We're very interested in hosting either the Republican National Convention or the Democratic National Convention in 2016," said Beth Ervin of Experience Columbus.
Because Ohio is not considered a wholly blue or wholly red state, a convention of any political leaning could bring in more than 40,000 visitors to Ohio's capitol. Consequently, it could pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy.
"It would bring a lot of national and international attention to our city and we really want that attention," Ervin said.
She acknowledged that Columbus would have to compete with Cincinnati and Cleveland, but was confident Columbus would be better suited for such an event.
In terms of facilities, for example, the Nationwide Arena could host most of the actions. Thousands of journalists could be housed in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, while the 25,000 hotel rooms in the city could host delegates and party officials.
Furthermore, both parties want to win Ohio's 18 electoral votes. In America's most important swing state, some considered Columbus to be Ohio's swing city.