Did Election Hurt Minnesota Democratic Convention Chances?

Minnesota’s bid for a second straight national political convention may have taken a hit in this month’s Republican-dominated elections.

The Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer’s Jim Morrill writes: “The four states that Democrats are considering to host their 2012 national convention showed off their hospitality … to Republicans.”

That could mean Democrats who will pick the next convention site may opt for Ohio because it is the biggest catch among the states looking to host the convention: North Carolina, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio.

Long-time Minnesota political science professor Steven Smith, now at Washington University in St. Louis, told Morrill that the vote may have helped Cleveland’s bid for the convention over Charlotte, St. Louis and Minneapolis

“Ohio went so strongly Republican at every level that because of the size of Ohio, it’s going to be given priority in … siting decisions,” Smith said. “You don’t want to give up on a state like Ohio.”

On the other hand, some in Minnesota think that since the state appears headed to a divided government (all statewide elected officials Democrat and the Legislature Republican) a convention here would offer a boost to Democrats.

Few say the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul helped Minnesota Republicans, but it certainly did not hurt the state’s economy.