The Washington Times - February 1, 2011, 11:58AM

The Democratic Party will host its 2012 convention in Charlotte, N.C., first lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday in an e-mail to supporters of President Obama.

Barack and I spent a lot of time in North Carolina during the campaign — from the Atlantic Coast to the Research Triangle to the Smoky Mountains and everywhere in between,” Mrs. Obama told members of Organizing for America, Mr. Obama’s grassroots apparatus. “All the contending cities were places that Barack and I have grown to know and love, so it was a hard choice. But we are thrilled to be bringing the convention to Charlotte.

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Democrats’ selection of North Carolina as the platform from which they will renominate Mr. Obama is significant as the Tar Heel State is one of a handful of traditionally red states that went for the president in 2008.

Some analysts, and even members of the Democratic party itself, have said it’ll be tough for Mr. Obama to capture the state again next year. (In December, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said the road to the White House still goes through Ohio because “traditionally Republican states like Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia are not likely to stay in the blue column.”)

The 46th Democratic convention will convene in September of next year. The GOP is hosting its convention in Tampa, Fl. — another key swing state.