Washington (CNN) - Democrats have chosen Charlotte, North Carolina, as the host city for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Charlotte was one of four cities vying to host the convention where the Democratic Party will nominate President Barack Obama for a second term. Cleveland, Minneapolis and St. Louis were all in contention to host the event, which is expected to have a major economic impact on Charlotte and the surrounding metropolitan area.
"All the contending cities were places that Barack and I have grown to know and love, so it was a hard choice," first lady Michelle Obama wrote Tuesday in an email to her husband's political supporters. "But we are thrilled to be bringing the convention to Charlotte."
The Democratic National Committee estimated that the economic impact on the 2008 convention city, Denver, was $160 million. At that time, the DNC also noted that 50,000 additional people visited that city because of the convention.
The 2012 Democratic convention is scheduled to take place the first week in September.
DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, in an email Tuesday to DNC members, said Democrats had "some great choices" to pick from to hold the 2012 convention.
"There were many cities eager for the opportunity to host our convention, and we are thankful for their participation throughout the year," Kaine wrote. "The bid process was thorough. Our Technical Advisory Group conducted extensive site visits, and our allies and political leaders offered lots of important input.
"After reviewing feedback from all these individuals, I am confident that Charlotte is an ideal location"
Not everyone was happy with the DNC's decision. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay suggested that Obama's re-election effort was a major point in the DNC's reasoning to choose Charlotte.
"St. Louis was not selected for 2012 for reasons of electoral politics," Slay contended in a post on his 'Mayor's Blog.' "That is a decision of the President and his reelection team. I will not fault it. St. Louis will submit a bid for a 2016 national political convention, when the electoral politics will be different.
"Thanks to all who helped put together a strong DNC bid. We just aren't the South."
In 2008, Republican presidential nominee John McCain won Missouri by a razor thin margin, while Obama narrowly carried North Carolina.
The Republican Party last summer chose Tampa to host its presidential nominating convention, which will take place the last week in August.
CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report
Solid choice. The Dem's need to make a stand in the land of the Confederates and Red States. NC and VA are slowly starting to see light. Although mainly due to the influx of people from other states – many would say.
How about bringing this up at a time when it's appropriate...say in early 2012??
Who cares about where or when Democrats or Republicans will have their conventions at. It is not important. What is important, is for both parties to start DOING THEIR JOBS!! Will they? Of course not, they'd rather host parties like it's some kind of homecoming game. Guess what, this is real life – not high school football. Start acting like adults and do what you were elected to do!
I attended a conference in Charlotte this past September at their downtown convention center, the city can definitely use the influx of funds that will be generated from the DNC. Aside from that I found the people there extremely friendly; the approach into downtown can be a bit of a mixing-bowl, but the beauty of the city, the state, and it's people will more than make up for that.
North Carolina bound!!
Sniffit, my husband is from St Louis. There is a nice size Black population there, although they appear to be stuck in the mid-60's, and NOT the emmancipated side of that decade either. However the Latino presence is minimal to none when I last visited.
We are thrilled to host The 2012 Democratic National Convention. The other cities that applied to host the Convention are wonderful cities and I am sure it was a tough decision to make.