The Democratic National Committee announced Friday that the party’s nominating convention will take place the week of July 25, 2016, more than a month earlier than in previous election cycles.
"This is the next step to finalize where and when we will nominate the 45th President of the United States, highlight the Democratic Party’s agenda of fighting for expanded opportunity and contrast it with the Republican Party’s commitment to the fortunate few,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is the DNC chair.
The DNC has not yet chosen a location for the convention, but the committee announced that it will make that decision “in the coming weeks.” The three cities under consideration are Columbus, Ohio, Philadelphia and New York.
The committee was also considering hosting the convention the weeks of July 18 or Aug. 22. The 2008 and 2012 conventions were held in late August and early September, respectively.
For its part, the Republican National Committee will hold its convention beginning July 18 in Cleveland. The RNC's decision to host its convention in July (instead of August or September, as it has done before) is part of a broader strategy to shorten the length of the GOP primary season and bolster the nominee leading to the general election.
With both parties slated to host their nominating conventions in July — thereby allowing them to access general election campaign funds sooner than in previous cycles — the general election season will be in full swing by mid-summer.