CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Organizers of the Democratic National Convention appear to be playing favorites.
Key battleground states and solid blue delegations will enjoy better spots than Republican states this fall when 6,000 delegates flood into 6,700 hotel rooms in 56 hotels encircling Bank of America Stadium. Overall, 5,000 rooms in 150 hotels are contracted.
Delegations have been assigned to hotels in one of five zones – Uptown, SouthPark, I-77/Airport, University and Concord– all within 20 minutes of Time Warner Cable Arena and Bank of America Stadium.
A release Tuesday detailed a hotel assignment process that weighed each state delegation’s top three preferences, with some getting luckier than others. The host delegation (from a battleground state) will stay blocks away from the stadium uptown along with fellow battleground state Missouri.
President Obama’s home states of Illinois and Hawaii also get top spots in Charlotte’s Center City. Massachusetts — home state of convention CEO Steve Kerrigan — will stay at the Omni two blocks away. Two blocks from there is the Marriot where Florida will settle in.
Republican states didn’t fare so well, with Arizona and Texas assigned miles away. All hotels are within a 20-minute drive.
The Hilton Charlotte Center City and the Westin Charlotte will be the headquarters hotels: the base of operations for the DNCC, The Democratic National Committee and Obama for America.
Kerrigan said all delegates should be pleased with their assignments.