Democrats Settle on Philadelphia as Site of 2016 Convention

I don't really think it has anything to do with carrying Pennsylvania, Democrats have won the state the past 6 elections. The last time the Republicans carried PA was George H.W. Bush in 1988 and he won it narrowly (2 points) over Dukakis.

Democrats have selected Philadelphia as the site of the party's 2016 national convention, choosing a patriotic backdrop for the nomination of its next presidential candidate.

The Democratic National Committee said Thursday the convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016. The two other finalists were Brooklyn, New York, and Columbus, Ohio.

"Philadelphia's deep-rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee," Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chief, said in a statement.

The site could serve as a passing of the baton from President Barack Obama to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the leading contender for the party's nomination should she run for president, as is widely expected.

The event will come the week after Republicans hold their national convention in Cleveland.