2012 in Charlotte

The 2012 Democratic convention will be in Charlotte.  I’m super excited about this.  It will likely be the only national political convention I ever attend.  I don’t know that I can ever get myself in the building (something tells me not enough of you are reading to qualify for blogger credentials), but damnit, I’m going.   Political science research suggests that it actually doesn’t do anything to help Obama’s chances of winning NC again:

There isn’t much of a relationship between a convention site and that state’s eventual vote in the presidential election. After tallying several decades’ worth of conventions and elections, Michael Berry and Kenneth Bickers — political scientists at the University of Colorado, Denver, and Boulder — found “no evidence that hosting a national nominating convention has any discernible effect on the ultimate vote in that state.” If there is a gain — or loss — it’s best explained by the fundamentals in each state: the economy, partisan advantage, and presidential incumbency.

But I’m just happy I’ll be able to experience it.  And my sister-in-law doesn’t know it yet, but I’m staying with her.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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