Columbus loses out to Philly for democratic convention

Barack Obama
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) – Democrats have picked Philadelphia as the site of their 2016 national convention.

It’s a patriotic backdrop for the nomination of the party’s next presidential candidate.

The Democratic National Committee says the convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016.

The two other finalists were Brooklyn, New York, and Columbus, Ohio.

The site could serve as a passing of the baton from President Barack Obama to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the leading contender for the party’s nomination should she run for president, as is widely expected.

The Democrats’ convention will come the week after Republicans meet in Cleveland.

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