Charlotte North Carolina edged out Minneapolis, St. Louis and Cleveland as the choice for Democrats to hold their 2012 national convention. The event is scheduled for the week of September 3rd and has been named the “People’s Convention.”
First Lady Michelle Obama, in an e-mail to party activists, called Charlotte “a city marked by its southern charm, warm hospitality, and an ‘up by the bootstraps’ mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South.
The decision could signify the importance of the state in the upcoming election. President Obama carried North Carolina in 2008 by a slim margin, becoming the first Democratic candidate to do so since Jimmy Carter in 1976. But the state swung back toward Republicans in the 2010 midterm.
Republicans will hold their convention in Tampa, Florida.
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