Washington (CNN) - It's no surprise, but the four cities named by the Democratic National Committee as finalists to host the party's 2012 convention have something common - they're located in states that should be very competitive in the next race for the White House.
Charlotte – Barack Obama narrowly defeated Sen. John McCain in North Carolina two years ago, becoming the first Democrat to win the state in a presidential election since 1976. The most recent non-partisan polling, conducted in April, indicated that Obama's approval rating as president stood at 47 percent among North Carolina voters. Fifteen electoral votes were up for grabs in North Carolina in 2008.
Cleveland – Ohio is one of the most crucial states in the race for the White House. George W. Bush's 51-49 percent victory in the state over Sen. John Kerry put him over the top and secured his re-election in 2004. Four years later Obama won Ohio by five points over McCain. The president's most recent approval rating in the state, which was hard hit by recession, stands at 45 percent, according to a survey conducted last week. Twenty electoral votes were up for grabs in Ohio in 2008.
Minneapolis – The last Republican to win Minnesota in a presidential contest was Richard Nixon in 1972. Vice President Al Gore narrowly captured the state in the 2000 contest and Kerry edged out Bush in 2004. Obama had an easier time in 2008, taking the state by 10 points, even though the GOP held their convention in St. Paul. Taking the state again in 2012 may not be such a breeze for Obama. There is no recent non-partisan polling in Minnesota. Ten electoral votes were up for grabs in the state in 2008.
St. Louis – Missouri gave up its status as a bellwether state in 2008, as McCain narrowly won the state by less than 4,000 votes. There is no recent non-partisan polling in Missouri. Eleven electoral votes were up for grabs in Missouri in 2008.
NC really screwed that up, now didn't they????
Cleveland is awesome, baby! We've got the 2014 Gay Games and now we're talking about the 2012 DNC. There's no way Lebron can leave, now, the city is too amazing!!!!
DNC does have allot in common with those 4 cities they have democrats running them into the ground. Look for Cleveland getting the nod. Barry can’t lose Ohio this fall or his lackey Strickland and Coleman are toast!
IMO, Charlotte would be the smarter play. Metro Charlotte staddles the NC/SC state line and SC has become one of the most Republican states in the union. An Obama/Democrat convention would fire up Dems in two states, both of whom are gaining new congressional districts, NC-2, SC-1.
The downside to Charlotte is does it have enough convention/room accomidations/meeting facilities/transportation-infrastructure to hold the DNC? Further, Charlotte is a new south city, so another question is what does Charlotte offer the delegates to do when they are not at the convention??
If Charlotte does land the 2012 DNC it could be a tremendous boost to the economies of metro Charlotte area and both the states of NC and SC. Besides, Carolinians would enjoy showing off some of that fames southern hospitality.
We gave Bush/ Cheney 8 years why not President Obama who is at least trying to help the economy. Bush tried to keep it a secret and did nothing untill it was so bad he had to ask for money. Now everyone is squeemish about the clean up of our government. I smell overhaul>>>
Had Ohio been a level playing field in 2004, John Kerry would have won the state and thus the presidency. The state was rigged for Bush (in several different ways) by the Republican Ohio Secretary of State – among others – to ensure Bush's win.
Yes, Obama will campaign more than lead. He's still trying to get public support for his terribly expensive, impotent "healthcare" reform bill–which didn't address costs of actual healthcare.
He's currently touting and campaigning for a financial reform bill that doesn't address the problem that got us into the current mess–government strong-arming in lending practices (and Fanny and Freddie).
Hopefully, NC, OH, MN and MO are smart enough to vote against the democratic, economy-killing policies of Obama, Pelosi and Reid.
All Democrat cites do have something in common. All the ones with decades of unchallenged Democrat rule have only one thing red about them, the streets are covered in it and that is by Democrat design.
They also have something else in common; they will all vote against Obama in 2012.
No way no how would a republican take Minnesota..Bachmann has made sure of that. Her constitutents are up in arms with her trying to be a celeb instead of going to bat for this state. They know she is a bat crap crazy in fact crazier than any one.
Here is what they truly have in common, they are all going bankrupt from the legacy entitlements that their ideology of big government has created. I hope the people that make up our Nation and voted for Obama are awakening to see what they truly bought for us all!
How about those JOBS our kids, kids will be paying a trillion dollars for.
This country will stay under ecomonis pressue as long as bo is in office. Why? Because he wants it that way, only total fools believe otherwise. All part of the plan. This is congress plan as well but they'll keep blaming Bush as long as fools listen