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Democrats Pick Charlotte for 2012 Convention

Photo Courtesy - JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The 2012 Democratic National Convention will be held during the week of Sept. 3 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., the DNC announced Tuesday.

First lady Michelle Obama announced the pick in an email to “Organizing for America” supporters, noting that Charlotte is a city marked by “southern charm, warm hospitality, and an 'up by the bootstraps’” mentality.

During the 2008 presidential election, then-Senator Obama fought hard as the party’s nominee to flip the state from red to blue.  Mr. Obama won the state narrowly in the general election 50 percent to John McCain’s 49 percent.

In 2012 the president will likely make an equally heavy push targeting the state in the general election. The choice of Charlotte to hold the party’s convention is just another sign the party hopes to keep the state squarely blue in 2012.

The city of Charlotte beat St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Cleveland.

The Republican Party has set their own convention for Tampa, Fla., the week before the Democrats have their convention.

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