Ohio seeking to host GOP, Dem conventions in 2016

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., makes a surprise appearance at the Democratic National Convention with running mate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleveland has a virtual lock on the 2016 Republican National Convention, and Columbus is going after the Democratic one. If successful, it would be the first time that two different cities in one state host both major presidential nominating conventions.

Highlighting the stakes, several Ohio Democrats are cautioning their party could cede a major political advantage if they allow Republicans to dominate the state’s convention spotlight.

Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty is a co-chair of the state’s effort to host the Democratic convention. She says Ohio is a critical swing state that “makes presidents,” so Democrats should strongly consider Ohio.

Columbus is among five cities in the running.

Democratic National Committee members will be in Columbus for two days this week to review the convention bid.

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