CHARLOTTE, N.C. • Standing amid a national convention that might have been his, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay this morning confirmed that his administration is still exploring a bid for the Democratic National Convention of 2016.
St. Louis was edged out this year as the DNC host by Charlotte, a move that was apparently a nod to the fact that North Carolina is considered a swing state this year and Missouri isn’t.
“We certainly put on a good case. We know we did. And we’re thinking of putting on another bid for 2016 as well,” said Slay, talking with reporters this morning after addressing Missouri’s Democratic delegates in downtown Charlotte.
He said he believes St. Louis was the better choice in most respects—more hotel rooms, more amenities—but that ultimately the necessity of taking North Carolina in the presidential race swayed national Democratic organizers.
Missouri was a swing state in 2008, and President Barack Obama came within 4,000 votes of winning it, but polls this time indicate Republican Mitt Romney has a clear advantage now.
“I think that’s basically what happened. It was political geography,” said Slay.
“We can still put on another case for the DNC for 2016. We’re ready, we’re poised . . . we can handle it.”
Today is the last day of the convention, which will end with Obama’s acceptance speech tonight.