WASHINGTON — Democrats made hotel reservations today for next summer's national party convention in Atlanta, but Minnesota and South Dakota weren't even allowed on the list for rooms.
The two states were dropped from the lottery for hotel space for the July 18-21 convention as the first official punishment for refusing to follow the party's rules for picking delegates.
One by one representatives of each state and territory drew baseballs signed and numbered by former player Hank Aaron to determine their delegations' priority in bidding for prime hotel rooms next July.
Louisiana got first choice in the lottery and chose the downtown Hilton. Then the two biggest state delegations, California and New York, were placed in the only hotels that could hold them, with California also staying at the Hilton and New York booked into the Radisson.