Phoenix out of running for 2016 Democratic National Convention

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats have narrowed the list of contenders for their 2016 national convention to three cities: Columbus in Ohio, New York and Philadelphia.
The Democratic National Committee says convention bids from Birmingham, Alabama and Phoenix have been eliminated.
Party officials announced the three finalists on Monday. The convention site is where the party will formally nominate its next presidential candidate.
The convention will be held on either the weeks of July 18, July 25 or August 22. The site will be announced in early 2015.
The decision is based on several factors, including the city's ability to raise millions of dollars to host the event, along with the potential venues, hotels and transportation options.
Republicans have selected Cleveland for their 2016 convention site.

Statement from Mayor Greg Stanton:

"This selection process showcased Phoenix as one of the best cities in the country to host large-scale events. It's the first time we've made it this far in pursuing a major political convention. That's a testament to the investments we've made to advance our city and also to the hard-working and passionate team that led this effort. I'm confident the success of upcoming events, such as the 2015 Super Bowl, the 2016 College Football Championship and the 2017 NCAA Final Four, will continue to solidify Phoenix's reputation as a premier host city. We look forward to hosting a DNC or RNC convention in the future."


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