DNC Narrows Possible Convention Spots to NY, Philadelphia, Columbus

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And then there were three....

The Democratic National Committee says it has narrowed its list of potential locations for the 2016 Democratic convention to three finalists: New York, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio.

The list eliminates two previous contenders -- Phoenix, Arizona and Birmingham, Alabama.

“We’re thrilled to move to the next step of the selection process to determine where Democrats will come together to nominate the 45th President of the United States,” said DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a statement. “We are fortunate to have such a diverse and vibrant group of cities interested in hosting this special event and we thank Phoenix and Birmingham for showcasing their special communities. We look forward to working with Columbus, New York, and Philadelphia as we go forward."

The DNC also announced that it has narrowed the potential dates of its convention in 2016 to the weeks of July 18, July 25 and August 22.

The Republican National Committee announced earlier this year that it will hold its nominating convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

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