CLEVELAND -- Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland DNC Host Committee Chair Terry Egger said the city has officially withdrawn its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

"We thank the DNC for its interest in Cleveland as a potential host city. We are proud that the bid we presented earlier this year resulted in Cleveland's selection for a site visit. We all know Ohio's importance in the election process, but what many are just now starting to realize is how dynamic our state is as a leisure and convention destination," they said.

"With that said, we wish the very best of luck to our friends in Columbus as they continue with their bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. There's no better place to launch a campaign to elect the future leader of the free world than right here in the Buckeye state."

The Democrats have a specific rule in their "request for proposal" that any city hosting the Republicans cannot serve as host for the Democrats.

Cleveland is set to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.