Atlanta is one of at least eight cities that Democratic officials have asked to bid for the convention to be held in the summer of 2024. While the full list of cities has yet to be publicly revealed, officials say other potential contenders include Chicago and Houston.
Georgia Democrats are also competing with rival states for another accolade. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported earlier this month that party officials were taking preliminary steps to secure a coveted spot as one of the first states to vote in the 2024 presidential primary.
Atlanta has until May 27 to submit its full proposal to be considered as a DNC host. Republicans, meanwhile, have already narrowed their picks to Nashville and Milwaukee for 2024.
Republicans quickly scoffed at the idea.
“The people of Atlanta have suffered enough at the hands of the Democrats,” said Garrison Douglas of the Republican National Committee. “Hosting the National Convention from the Democrats would only rub salt into a broken, crime-inflicted wound.”
The city last hosted the Democratic nominating convention in 1988, when Michael Dukakis was officially nominated as the party’s presidential candidate.
Winning the DNC would further elevate Georgia’s status as one of the most politically competitive states in the nation after a momentous election cycle in 2020.
Georgia voted Democratic in the presidential race for the first time since 1992, and Democrats won both U.S. Senate seats in the runoff to overthrow control of the chamber.