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Atlanta to submit bid to host 2024 Democratic National Convention, mayor says

Mayor Andre Dickens made the announcement during the Democratic Party of Georgia State Dinner.

ATLANTA — Atlanta may be the backdrop of the 2024 Democratic National Convention.

During the Democratic Party of Georgia State Dinner on Friday, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said the city plans to submit a bid to host the event during the presidential election year. 11Alive's Hope Ford was there for the announcement.

The event would be a comeback after pandemic restrictions, meaning thousands of delegates could come to Georgia's capital to finalize the Democratic ticket for president and vice president.

Georgia, which once was reliably red, has the makings of a pivotal swing state after electoral votes sided with President Joe Biden in a nail-biting presidential election. 

"We are going to do everything in our power to bring the 2024 Democratic National Convention to Atlanta, Georgia," Dickens said.

During the dinner, he displayed a video introducing the bid. The sizzle reel, titled 'Good Trouble' honored the late Rep. John Lewis.

The state could also shape the national political stage this year as Georgia voters have the opportunity to elect a Democratic governor or flip the U.S. Senate to a conservative majority

The last DNC was held in Milwaukee where Biden and now Vice President Kamala Harris were announced as the Democratic ticket. The last time the city hosted the DNC was in 1988, records show.

And as an already competitive state, Democrats said they home the bid, as well as a possible Stacey Abrams gubernatorial win and Sen. Raphael Warnock re-election could solidify Georgia as a blue state.

Reports show the Republic National Convention was narrowed down to two locations: Nashville or Milwaukee. A decision has not been formally announced, however, the Republican party is also scouting locations for its 2028 convention as well.

As for the DNC, Atlanta has until May 27 to submit its bid.

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