[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/12/obama.online.friends/art.obama.kaine.gi.jpg caption="DNC chairman Tim Kaine named four cities on Wednesday that could host the 2012 Democratic National Convention."]Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee has named four cities as finalists to host the 2012 Democratic convention.
The potential sites for the convention, to be held during the week of September 3, 2012, are St. Louis, Charlotte, Minneapolis and Cleveland.
"Throughout this summer, our team will visit these four cities to determine which is the best locale to host our 46th National Convention," DNC chairman Tim Kaine said in an email to committee members announcing the finalists. "We look forward to our continued work to ensure that the Democratic National Convention of 2012 is the best that it can be."
The DNC will select the host city "at some point before the end of the year," a party official told CNN.
Last month, the Republican National Committee's site selection committee recommended Tampa, Florida as the host city for their 2012 convention. The RNC is expected to finalize that decision at their summer meeting in August.