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Another Democratic convention in Denver?

Author: Mark Harden - May 10, 2018 - Updated: May 10, 2018

Opening day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Aug. 25, 2008. (Mark Harden, Colorado Politics)

All rested up from that little 2008 party the Democrats threw in Denver 10 years ago?

Good. It could happen again.

Denver is among eight cities that the Democratic National Committee is considering as sites for its 2020 Democratic National Convention, NBC News reports.

The others are Atlanta; Houston; New York; San Francisco; Milwaukee; Miami Beach; and Birmingham, Alabama.

All eight cities have been sent requests for proposals on hosting the four-day convention. That’s after a larger number of cities were contacted earlier to assess their interest, NBC says.

CNN quotes a party official as saying the convention site-selection process will “play out over the next year.”

In 2008, the Democratic National Convention in Denver nominated Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president. Most of the gathering was held at the Pepsi Center, but Obama moved his acceptance speech outdoors to the Denver Broncos stadium.

Back then, Denver seemed like an unlikely choice to host the Democratic convention, both because it hadn’t hosted one in a century, and because Colorado had voted for a Republican for president in nine of the previous 10 elections.

But Denver got generally high marks for hosting the gathering 10 years ago, and Colorado has gone for Democrats the last three straight elections.

Denver was on a short list of cities considered as sites for the 2016 Republican National Convention, but Cleveland won out.

This time around, the Republicans are being more secretive than the Democrats about the cities they’re considering for 2020, although one reportedly is Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.