A CNN news alert says that Charlotte will be host to the Democratic National Convention in 2012, according to their sources.
Minneapolis had been one of four finalists for the big political shindig, and city officials were just getting the news of the decision, said John Stiles, communications director for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. A statement will be coming shortly, he said.
St. Paul had been the nominal host of the 2008 Republican National Convention, with the nomination of John McCain and Sarah Palin taking place in the Xcel Energy Center. Many of the pre- and post-convention events, though, were held in Minneapolis and Bloomington, because it takes a huge hotel and restaurant base to handle such a big crowd of politicos and the accompanying media herd.
Other finalists for the 2012 DNC event, besides Charlotte and Minneapolis, were Denver and St. Louis. All four are in states considered important to Democrats in the upcoming presidential election.