The Democratic Party announced today that they have chosen Charlotte, N.C. to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The convention, which will take place during the week of Sept. 3, 2012, will be the 46th convention for the party.
In an E-mail sent this morning, first lady Michelle Obama told supporters that while it was a tough decision, she and her husband were “thrilled to be bringing the convention to Charlotte.” She wrote:
Charlotte is 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. Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.
In another E-mail, Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine, former governor of Virginia, congratulated North Carolina Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan and Democratic Mayor Anthony Foxx for the city’s successful bid, calling Charlotte “ an ideal location” for the convention.
During the 2008 elections, in Mecklenburg County, where Charlotte is located, 62 percent of residents voted for Obama, with only 37.5 percent voting for Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, the GOP candidate. And in 2010, despite large support for Republican incumbent Sen. Richard Burr across the state of North Carolina, Mecklenburg County again voted in favor of the Democratic candidate by more than six points.
The Republican National Convention will be held the week before the Democrats’ event in Tampa, Fla.