Democrats Pick Charlotte, NC for 2012 Convention

The 2012 Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to an email the Democratic National Committee sent to supporters Tuesday.

Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina

"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," the email read, which was signed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

The convention will be held the week of September 3, 2012.

In his winning 2008 presidential bid, Obama defeated Republican candidate John McCain by about 14,000 votes out of more than 4 million cast in 2008 in North Carolina, a Southern state Democrats had not captured since 1976. Hosting the convention in Charlotte will give him a head start on his effort to win the state again.

Republicans will hold their convention in Tampa, Florida, in late August 2012.

--Reuters contributed to this report.