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Philadelphia Will Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

Candidate Barack Obama at Pat’s Steaks in Philadelphia in April 2008.

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Philadelphia has beat out Brooklyn and Columbus, Ohio, in the competition to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, a party official announced today. Philly last hosted a major-party presidential convention in 2000, when Republicans nominated George W. Bush. Democrats last held a convention in the city in 1948, an election that ended well for them.

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A point of order for potential politically conscious visitors: Of the two famous cheesesteak counters across the street from each other in South Philadelphia, Geno’s is the one whose late owner demanded that immigrant customers order in English and sold “freedom fries” to protest France’s lack of participation in the Iraq war. (As pictured above, candidate Barack Obama went to Pat’s instead.)