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DNC names four cities as finalists to host 2012 convention

From Peter Hamby, CNN
  • DNC will select its 2012 convention site by the end of this year
  • In the running: St. Louis, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Cleveland
  • RNC's site selection committee recommended Tampa, Florida

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; Missouri; Charlotte, North Carolina; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Cleveland, Ohio.

"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 e-mail to supporters 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.