Memphis Eyed As Host City For Democratic National Convention

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(Memphis) Tennessee may be a red state, but the democrats are hoping to change that.

Memphis is one of several cities that the Democratic National Convention is eying for the party's national convention in 2016.

If the convention were to come to Tennessee, Memphis would be the logical choice based on party representation - the city is predominately democratic.

However, some believe it is lacking in other respects.

Every four years, the DNC draws tens of thousands of people to whatever city is hosting it.

Earlier this month, Mayor A C Wharton received a letter asking whether Memphis would want the honor.

Head of the Shelby county Democrats Bryan Carson said he is hopeful the mayor will make a bid.

"I think it would be great. It would be great for the exposure of Memphis. It would be 30,000 to 40,000 people that would be drawn here for the national convention."

President and CEO of Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau Kevin Kane said while the event would be a great economic boost for the city, Memphis does not meet certain requirements to host the convention.

"We have about 3,000 rooms in downtown Memphis, and that's a few thousand less than what they require," Kane pointed out.

Carson countered he thinks it is worth throwing Memphis's name in the hat, and he is hopeful the mayor will.

"Capacity wise, it may be tough, considering the hotel space we have here," he admitted. "But you have to think about some people maybe staying over the bridge, people will be staying in Southaven. Some may stay in Tunica to take the opportunity of the casinos. So, I think it would be alright."

Kane added this is not the first time Memphis has been asked about hosting the DNC, and he is hopeful that one day the city will meet the hotel room requirements.


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