Democrats could reverse the results of the 2010 election in North Carolina and win the state in 2012 thanks to hosting the Democratic National Convention, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) said Wednesday night.

“I think that’s going to bode well for North Carolina as a whole and I personally think it's a positive move for the Democrats to have our convention in North Carolina,” Hagan said.

Hagan said that she expected the convention to help boost Democratic candidates’ chances in the Tar Heel State. She said that the national attention North Carolina would get would help Democratic candidates.


If Democrats do win North Carolina cleanly, it would be a reverse of the results in 2010, when incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) beat Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D-N.C.) to keep his Senate seat, winning 55 percent of the vote to Marshall's 42. The only incumbent North Carolina member of the House to lose in 2010 was Rep. Bob Etheridge (D), who lost to Republican challenger Renee Ellmers.

In 2008, the year that Hagan won her Senate seat, North Carolina trended toward the Democrats. President Obama won the state’s electoral votes by fewer than 20,000 votes.