Cleveland withdraws bid to host 2016 DNC

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The city of Cleveland has officially withdrawn its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

In a statement issued Friday, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Cleveland DNC Host Committee Chair Terry Egger said:

“We thank the DNC for its interest in Cleveland as a potential host city. We are proud that the bid we presented earlier this year resulted in Cleveland’s selection for a site visit. We all know Ohio’s importance in the election process, but what many are just now starting to realize is how dynamic our state is as a leisure and convention destination.

 With that said, we wish the very best of luck to our friends in Columbus as they continue with their bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. There’s no better place to launch a campaign to elect the future leader of the free world than right here in the buckeye state.”

Other finalists for the DNC host city included Birmingham, Ala., Phoenix, Ariz., Columbus, New York and Philadelphia.

Earlier this month, the Republican National Committee announced that it recommends Cleveland to be the host city of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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