Drum roll please… and the winner is, Philadelphia, edging out Columbus and New York. After months of mayoral jockeying and rigorously scrutinized financial proposals, the Democrats have selected a host city for their convention in 2016.
Why Philadelphia? So far, the story has been about logistics. The Wells Fargo Center stands among other athletic facilities, removed from high-rises and skyscrapers that require greater coverage -- making security simpler. Public transportation to the downtown area makes for easy access to a number of hotels and other attractions. The Republican convention is in Cleveland, so both parties would be competing for a finite pool of donor money. And having hosted the RNC in 2000, Philadelphia has a history of success in managing this major event.
But what about the political reasons?
Pennsylvania is at a critical inflection point. Voting Democratic in every Presidential Election since 1992, Pennsylvania may no longer be considered a true swing state. However, its congressional makeup stands at 5 Democrats to 13 Republicans. Pat Toomey rode the Tea Party wave to a Senate seat and has no viable challengers in next year’s race; and its General Assembly is still Republican-controlled
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