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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A leading Republican strategist is suggesting the Republican party come to Charlotte for their convention in 2016.

Charles Black, who is now a consultant to Mitt Romney, is a Charlotte native and told The Charlotte Observer he would love to see his party choose Charlotte for the next convention.

The more cities that go after it the better competition you have, Black told the Observer.

Told of Black s comments, Republican City Councilman Andy Dulin said, As a Republican on the City Council, I d like to invite the Republicans to come here in 2016.

Dulin said with the Democratic Convention that wrapped up last week, the city proved it could handle an event on the scale of a national political convention.

Many of the hotels and restaurants like the Carolina Ale House near the Time Warner Cable Arena would welcome the kind of business they enjoyed during the DNC.

Absolutely, said Deanna Davis, General Manager of the Ale House. We had such a great time during the DNC that we would love to have any other convention come in.

The Democrats and Republicans are not expected to decide on where to hold their 2016 conventions until sometime in 2014.

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