ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The stakes are raised as St. Louis becomes a forerunner and possible could take the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
Politico.com says insiders in the selection process believe it has come down to a choice between St. Louis and Charlotte, N.C., with the other two finalist cities; Minneapolis and Cleveland no longer being considered.
All four cities have pluses and minuses when it come to the logistical and political considerations.
But Minneapolis seemed less appealing largely because the Republican National Convention in 2008 was held in St. Paul, and Politico.com sites Cleveland’s conventions facilities as subpar.
St. Louis’ bid comes at a time of political uncertainty as the swing state seems increasingly Republican. Republican Roy Blunt easily won the state’s 2010 Senate election last month, and some wonder if first-term Democratic Senator, and one of President Obama’s closes friends Claire McCaskill will get reelected in 2012.
Politico.com touts Missouri proximity to Obama’s homestate and allies as Sen. Dick Durbin and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley could make St. Louis a clear choice to host the convention.
Charlotte’s backers tout the city as a bold move staking a claim in the ‘New South.’
Read the Politico.com article HERE
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