The wait-and-see game is still on for the four cities vying to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
As of this week, the original deadline has passed for the mayors of Charlotte, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and St. Louis to learn whether their locations will be the host city. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) said that the four cities were to have been notified by the end of 2010.
The DNC is putting off any rumors that they have already selected a city or have narrowed the choices down to two cities. A story ran in Politico in December, however, with rumors that St. Louis and Charlotte were the finalists. The Democratic Party has not publicly commented on the delayed notice and has denied any reports of a final selection of the convention site.
If chosen, the host city of the 2012 Democratic National Convention will be on display to a global audience and the biggest names in U.S. politics. If he decides to seek a second term, the city will also be the site of President Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination to run for re-election. The convention site will also be buzzing with media micro-reporting every detail of their convention experiences.
Charlotte’s Mayor Anthony Foxx has still expressed a confidence and hope that his city will be the final location.
“I don’t think we’re in a proving situation at this point. I think it’s really a question of whether we’re picked and, hopefully, we will be,” Mayor Foxx said.
Each city has been visited by Democratic Party officials looking for an up-close look at the amenities offered by each location. Everything from airports, restaurants, hotels, and convention meeting space were reviewed. Still, the Democratic Party was low-key about their visits, similar to their stance on the final selection process.
Observers believe that the Democratic Party will announce its final selection sometime this month