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Cleveland organizes to court political convention

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland nonprofit groups and community leaders are launching an organized effort to lure a national political convention to northeast Ohio's largest city in 2016.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/MHXAnu ) reports a nonprofit corporation has been formed to work on bids, and city and county leaders will consider legislation to assemble a pledge of financial support or other services, such as police staffing.

Mayor Frank Jackson says Cleveland has the necessary event and hotel space for such a convention, which could help boost the local economy and tourism.

It's not the only city courting a convention in the presidential swing state.

Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati each had representatives visiting Washington recently to chat with Republican officials who will choose the site for their 2016 convention.

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