2012 Convention final four
by Jerome Armstrong, Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 09:46:01 PM EDT
The Republicans have already chosen Tampa Bay for their 2012 convention. The last time I looked at this, the cities being mentioned were Charlotte, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.
The final four have been selected: St. Louis, Charlotte, Minneapolis and Cleveland.
Minneapolis is not a shocker, as it was a contender in previous years, but Cleveland is sorta out of the blue. I'll put a poll up in the extended thread for users to choose. Last time St. Louis won a plurality, with Charlotte the runner-up.
These are all good choices. In terms of wanting to hang out in a city, I'd choose St. Louis far ahead of the others here. In terms of importance to the election, MO and NC might not even be competitive, whereas we know OH will be, and has more EV's than does MN. I still think Charlotte is the favorite, but one of these midwest states, MO, MN, or OH could wind up the winner if there's a second or third ballot (I forget the way this works, but believe its a committee vote for a majority), especially if Union concerns mount an obstacle for Charlotte.
I'm starting to believe that 2012 is going to one of those "whomever takes OH & FL is the winner" elections. The GOP is mounting up in FL, and it'd be a smart choice for the DNC to mount in OH; which may be a strategic reason Cleveland has made the cut out of the blue.
Take the poll below:
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