Ohio's capital eyes national political convention

COLUMBUS - Republicans and Democrats in Ohio's capital city are launching a joint effort to explore landing a national political convention for Columbus in 2016.

The Columbus 2016 coalition will lead the effort with the support of Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus Partnership and Experience Columbus, the city's convention and visitors' bureau.

The group said Tuesday that landing a convention can mean as many as 45,000 visitors -- 15,000 of them U.S. and international media -- and $150 million to $200 million for a city's economy.

Ohio, home to eight presidents, has hosted five national political conventions. Democrats held theirs in Cincinnati in 1856 and 1880, and Republicans held theirs in Cincinnati in 1876 and in Cleveland in 1924 and 1936.

Columbus has never been a host city.

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