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Miami Beach shortlisted for 2020 Democratic National Convention

The 2020 Democratic National Convention could be coming to Miami Beach. That’s according to city spokeswoman Melissa Berthier.

Berthier says the Democratic National Committee reached out to city representatives April 26, notifying them Miami Beach was a possible host for the convention. It’s still early in the process, however.

“We haven’t submitted anything just yet,” Berthier added.

Party conventions are some of the biggest political events of the year, where each party’s candidate for president is officially nominated. The 2016 Democratic Convention was held in Philadelphia and ran for four days. The event featured speeches by Bernie Sanders, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and of course the party’s 2016 nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Miami Beach hosted both the Republican and Democratic conventions in 1972. The city’s convention center is currently being renovated, with upgrades expected to be completed this year.

Other finalists for the event, as reported by NBC News, include Atlanta, Birmingham, Denver, Houston, Milwaukee, New York, and San Francisco.

It’s not clear when the Democrats will make a final decision on the host site for 2020. However, Philadelphia was named the 2016 selection in early 2015. That would signal an early-2019 announcement for the site of the 2020 convention.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.

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