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A spokeswoman for the mayor of Atlanta stated today that the city of Atlanta is hoping to be the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

“We are seriously considering moving forward in the bid process, and we are honored to be in the running,” said Melissa Mullinax, spokeswoman for Mayor Kasim Reed. “Atlanta is a great city.”

Atlanta played host to the 1988 Democratic convention, and is hoping to bring the next version here.

However, Atlanta faces a crowded field, according to CNN. As of now, there are a total of thirty-four cities that are hoping to win the business and host the convention that would nominate a hopeful Democratic successor to Barack Obama.

The city of Columbus, Ohio is making an early bid for the convention, and is planning a reception at this week's DNC meeting to woo members of the committee. However, Columbus is trying to gain favor with both sides of the aisle, as they may also be bidding to host the Republican National Convention in 2016.

The 2012 conventions were held in Tampa, FL for the Republicans and Charlotte, NC for the Democrats.

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