On the eve of the 2008 presidential election, United States president to be Barak Obama opted to give his final address before votes were cast from the campus of my present institution, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). The venue was not chosen idly. North Carolina was considered a key swing state, one which had traditionally voted Republican but which if it fell to Obama and the Democrats might model shifts to the left elsewhere in the country. Charlotte is the state’s most major city (though not its capital) and UNCC is that city’s major institute of higher education. As it happened, Obama won the election on the shoulders of states like North Carolina which did indeed vote Democrat. Four years later, after a bruising depression and the rise of the “Tea Party” Republican movement, the Democrats once more chose Charlotte, this time to play host to the Democratic National Convention where Obama would officially be named his party’s nominee for the election which would follow two months later.
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