CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Charlotte, N.C., has been chosen over St. Louis, Cleveland and Minneapolis as the site of the 2012 Democratic Convention, party officials said Tuesday.
The choice was announced by first lady Michelle Obama in an e-mail to members of the Democratic National Committee, The Charlotte Observer reported.
"I am thrilled to make sure you are the first to hear some very exciting news," Obama wrote. "Charlotte, North Carolina will host the 46th Democratic National Convention in 2012.
"All the contending cities were places that Barack and I have grown to know and love, so it was a hard choice," Obama wrote. "But we are thrilled to be bringing the convention to Charlotte.
"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," the first lady said in her e-mail. "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," she said.
The Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden narrowly defeated the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin in North Carolina in the 2008 presidential election.