..and then there were three. The Democratic National Committee axed Phoenix and Birmingham off the list leaving only three remaining options for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Report from Politico:

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in either New York City, Philadelphia or Columbus, Ohio.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, announced the finalist cities on Monday; Phoenix, Arizona, and Birmingham, Alabama, didn’t make the cut.

The decision on the winning city is expected early next year, and the convention itself will be held either the week of July 18, July 25 or Aug. 22, according to the committee.

Phoenix wasn’t unreasonable but Bigminhhame, in one of the reddest of red states, was a token gesture on the list.

Of the remaining cities, New York has been making a huge effort by committing funds and lobbying heavily to land the convention in 2016. On the other hand, the state of Ohio could end up playing host to both parties since the Republicans have already selected Cleveland as their convention home in 2016.