Democratic convention team to visit Columbus

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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)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State and local elected officials in Columbus plan to show what Ohio’s capital city has to offer as they make their pitch to host the Democratic Party’s next presidential convention.

A technical advisory team from the Democratic National Committee will visit Columbus beginning Wednesday and discuss how much money has been raised to host the 2016 convention.

The city plans to welcome the group with a rally. During the members’ two-day visit, they are expected to get a driving tour of the city and see its convention center and Nationwide Arena.

Columbus is among five cities competing for the event. It’s the only Ohio contender after Cleveland dropped its bid last month, having won the backing of a Republican National Committee panel to host that convention in 2016.

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