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Dems lean toward Midwest locations among options for 2012 DNC convention
By Michael O'Brien - 07/01/10 09:25 AM ET

Democrats are eyeing three Midwestern cities and a fourth in the South as destinations for their 2012 convention.

Democratic National Committee (DNC) members settled on four potential choices for their 2012 convention: Cleveland, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Charlotte, N.C.

The choices are all squarely in battleground states where President Barack Obama will hope to compete in his reelection bid. The convention, set for the week of Sept. 3, 2012, will likely be an affair to promote his first-term accomplishments as Democrats will all but certainly formally nominate the president for reelection.

Obama won Ohio, Minnesota and North Carolina in 2008, but lost Missouri to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Choosing Minneapolis, where Republicans held their 2008 convention, could also be a shot across the bow to Republicans should they settle on Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty ® as their nominee to challenge Obama.

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine wrote in an e-mail to party members informing them that a scout team will visit the four cities throughout the summer in order to settle on the ultimate location.

Democrats held their 2008 convention in Denver. Republicans will hold their 2012 convention in Tampa, Fla.
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