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2016 Democratic Convention in St. Louis, Republican Convention in Kansas City?

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Missouri didn't get a whole lot of attention in the 2012 presidential race, but things could be quite different in 2016. That is, if the mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City have their way.

Kansas City is buzzing this week about the potential for the city to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is expressing interest in having the Democratic National Convention here.

"It brings a lot of focus and attention to your city and brings a lot of people in," Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Slay, tells Daily RFT. "We know that we handle big conventions very successfully and have a lot to show off in the city."

Slay tweeted this week:

Crane reiterates that media would probably appreciate having both conventions in the same state.

It is very early in the process, but "the mayor has signified his interest," she says.

A Midwestern city would be a great choice, Crane adds. "Where better to kick off the DNC than right here in St. Louis?"

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Kansas City Mayor Sly James with Bill Clinton.

The Kansas City Council endorsed a resolution yesterday "proudly" supporting an application to host the 2016 RNC (even if the city is generally a Democratic stronghold).

Kansas City mayor Sly James and civic leaders from both Kansas and Missouri are traveling to Boston this month to make the pitch, the Star reports.

The presidential conventions put host cities in the spotlight in big ways. Westword, RFT's sister paper in Colorado, published a good piece last year about how the DNC was transformative for Denver.

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11 comments
John Null
John Null

It would be the 100th anniversary of the last time we did it, plus we were a contender for the 2012 DemCon, so yes we should.

Philip Nations
Philip Nations

Save wear and tear on lobbyists? Hahaha! Leave it to the mayor to spend time thinking how to help lobbyists

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

It will never happen. This state is way to "red". The city deserves a big happening, but besides that this state is so backward as$.

Tim Nelson
Tim Nelson

Why would we want democrats here?

Margaret Keller
Margaret Keller

Why wouldn't you want it? It means a ton of money into the state. Unless you don't like money, I guess.

David Enders
David Enders

Would be great,but STL or KC have the capability to host such a huge undertaking.Motel space,traffic control and many more areas are just more then these metro areas could handle.

Colin Suchland
Colin Suchland

The newly rehabbed Arch grounds would get some publicity ... :-)

Matt Blind
Matt Blind

"Save a lot of wear and tear on the national media and lobbyists." Who gives a f*¢k how much wear and tear those two groups go through?!?!

Jeff Tindell
Jeff Tindell

I would like to see neither. Thanks for asking, though.

Bill Courtney
Bill Courtney

It would surely piss off the Missouri Legislature. Just to see that, I say, do it!

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Tim Nelson something tells me you don't live 'here'. Shut the fuck up.

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