Dems to discuss convention visit to Ohio’s capital

People cheer outside Nationwide Arena during a rally to welcome members of the technical advisory team from the Democratic National Committee Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is among five cities competing for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
People cheer outside Nationwide Arena during a rally to welcome members of the technical advisory team from the Democratic National Committee Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is among five cities competing for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State and local leaders plan to join Democratic planners to discuss Columbus’ bid to host the political party’s presidential convention in 2016.

A technical advisory team from the Democratic National Committee is wrapping up a two-day site visit to Ohio’s capital.

The group was welcomed to the city by sign-waving supporters at a Wednesday rally downtown. The team got a driving tour of the city and saw its convention center, Nationwide Arena and other locations key to the city’s bid.

Additional tours and meetings are planned Thursday before officials hold a press event.

Columbus is among five cities competing for the convention. 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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