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NC Party Chairman Thrilled By Charlotte Choice

State Democratic Party Chairman David Parker says the decision of national party leaders to choose Charlotte for the 2012 presidential convention shows President Obama is serious about trying to win the South's electoral votes, particularly North Carolina. Parker said a Democratic National Committee official alerted him Tuesday morning that Charlotte would host the convention. He said the announcement says good things about North Carolina politically and economically. He said it confirms President Obama's commitment to retain the state's 15 electoral votes. Obama narrowly won the state in 2008, ending a drought for Democrats that began after the 1976 presidential race. Parker was elected party chairman just three days ago, but has party roots going back to the 1970s.