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What does the Democratic National Convention have in common with the Republican National Convention? Each has the stated purpose to nominate and confirm a candidate for President and Vice President, adopt a party platform and unify the party. Historically, the convention is often contentious as various factions of party insiders maneuver to advance their candidates. Both conventions in 2016 were no exception to this process, where the pledged delegates from all fifty U.S. states and from American dependencies and territories attended their respective conventions and cast their votes to choose their Party’s presidential candidate. Cleveland, in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, hosted some 2,472 delegates attending the 2016 Republican National Convention July 18-21 at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Democratic National Committee held its convention a week later, July 25-28, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which was attended by approximately 2,842 delegates. The primary venue for the DNC was the Wells Fargo Center with overflow at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Add to those numbers the many interested citizens, media, and demonstrators who traveled to those convention locations to witness history in the making, as well as tourists and residents.

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