2012: Political Heavyweights Could be Headed to Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland is in the running to host the 2012 Democratic National convention.

The potential sites for the convention, to be held during the week of September 3, 2012, are St. Louis; Missouri; Charlotte, North Carolina; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Cleveland, Ohio.

"Throughout this summer, our team will visit these four cities to determine which is the best locale to host our 46th National Convention," DNC chairman Tim Kaine said in an e-mail to supporters announcing the finalists. "We look forward to our continued work to ensure that the Democratic National Convention of 2012 is the best that it can be."

The DNC will select the host city "at some point before the end of the year," a party official told CNN.

Three cities, meanwhile, are competing to host the 2012 Republican National Convention: Salt Lake City, Utah; Phoenix, Arizona; and Tampa, Florida.

The Republican National Committee will select the host city at its summer meeting in August.

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