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Columbus Wants Either Party's Political Convention

COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur) -- Columbus is seeking a national political convention and it doesn't matter which one.

Several Columbus bigwigs were in Washington D.C. this week trying to woo national Republicans.

Ohio's capitol city plans on applying for both the GOP and the Democratic convention.

Columbus would have to come up with a $50 million hosting fee and, perhaps, make it easier for direct flights to get in and out of the city. But city officials said it is worth it. 

This is basically our Super Bowl," said Brian Ross, president and CEO of Experience Columbus. "This is something that can put Columbus on the map and hopefully get rid of the 'Ohio' after 'Columbus.'"

A national convention can attract 40,000 visitors and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact.

Republicans are expected to announce their convention choice later this summer.
 
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