Republicans move ahead with alternate convention plans amid North Carolina standoff

Henrietta Brewer
June 3, 2020

When the Democratic National Convention was held in Charlotte in 2012, he said an increase in business from visitors was balanced by the fact that his regulars stayed away.

Trump blasted Cooper as "still in Shelter-in-Place Mode" on Twitter late Tuesday night, and said the decision was forcing Republicans "to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention".

The Republican governors of states including Tennessee, Florida and Georgia had said they would be interested in hosting if North Carolina fell through.

Behind the scenes: The North Carolina Governor told the RNC they wouldn't be able to hold a full-scale convention, for which they had contracted. Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority.

McDaniel said the party still hopes to "conduct the business of our convention" at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, which Trump, the RNC, and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, have all indicated is their first choice. "So the likelihood of it being in Charlotte depends upon the RNC's willingness to discuss with us a scaled-down convention, which we would like to do".

That prompted the RNC to begin visiting potential alternative sites in GOP-led states, as Republican governors offered up their states.

The convention, at which Trump is expected to be confirmed as Republican presidential nominee seeking re-election later this year, has been postponed until August 24-27 due to the spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed.

Cooper on Tuesday said he wouldn't provide that guarantee. So, we need to know what those requirements are going to be, ' he said.

Even before the president's tweet about pulling the event from North Carolina, there were signs that things would go that way.

"We are happy to continue talking with you about what a scaled down convention would look like and we still await your proposed plan for that", Cooper wrote. "Unfortunately, it appears that has now changed". The earliest that will end is June 26, and until then there's a 10-person limit on inside crowds.

As of Tuesday, North Carolina Health and Human Services was reporting that 29,889 cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed by testing and that 921 people had died from COVID-19.

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But few cities have said they want to host.

Jacksonville, is one of four leading contenders, per a source familiar.

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