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LIZ SIDOTI
AP National Political Correspondent

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — A Democratic official says the party will hold its 2012 presidential convention in Charlotte. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement was not intended to be made public until later Tuesday.

The North Carolina city beat out three others: St. Louis, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Cleveland.

Gov. Beverly Perdue says the Democratic National Committee’s decision to bring its 2012 presidential convention to Charlotte is good news for state residents of all political leanings.

First lady Michelle Obama wrote to DNC members Tuesday announcing that Charlotte would host the September 2012 convention, about two months before the expected re-election campaigns for President Obama and Perdue.

Perdue called a national political convention a keystone event that will help the state’s economy and showcase Charlotte around the world.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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