Indy 'unlikely' to seek 2016 party conventions

INDIANAPOLIS - Don't count on Indianapolis hosting either the Democratic or Republican national conventions in 2016.

Mayor Greg Ballard's spokesman said Tuesday the city is "unlikely" to submit bids to host either of the conventions. Ballard spokesman Marc Lotter said both major parties reached out to the city, but the city's tourism officials have already booked other events through much of 2016.

Lotter also noted that the parties typically require host cities to raise millions of dollars as part of the hosting agreement.

Indianapolis Democratic Party Chairman Joel Miller called the Ballard administration's explanation "ludicrous" and noted the city has successfully hosted many other high-profile events.

Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl in 2012 and has submitted a bid for the 2018 game. The National Rifle Association is meeting in Indianapolis this week.

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