06/16/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

St. Louis Bidding for 2012 Democratic Convention

DemConWatch reported in January that we were looking at it, we told you in March why they should get it, and now we have official word that St. Louis will be bidding to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention:

St. Louis is preparing a bid to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, an event that would bring with it a regional economic impact of tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars and a nearly unparalleled media spotlight.

Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC), is assembling the bid materials ahead of a May 21 deadline.

The convention would be held at Scottrade Center through an agreement with arena owner SCP Worldwide. The America's Center convention complex, including the Edward Jones Dome, would be used to host related special events and a media center.

Insiders tell DemConWatch that St. Louis is the likely front-runner to host the convention. Its competition includes Phoenix, which is also bidding for the GOP Convention, Charlotte, who has been discussing a bid for a while, and a newcomer to the process, Cleveland. The convention will start on Sept. 3, 2012.

There are many reasons why St. Louis would be a good pick to host Obama's second national convention. Missouri is a pro-union state which is important to the DNC in making their choice. In addition, Obama narrowly lost the state to John McCain in the 2008 election.

You can follow St. Louis' bid here of course but also on their website at and on twitter @STLdnc2012

DNC Host Cities:
Charlotte, Cleveland, Phoenix, St. Louis, Chicago

RNC Host City Finalists:
Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Tampa Bay

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