The Republican National Committee has announced it will move the 2020 convention to a new city.
Details below, along with our prediction of which city gets the nod.
Axios – The Republican National Committee is scrambling for a new convention host city after President Trump said Tuesday that North Carolina’s coronavirus restrictions will make Charlotte unworkable for the crowds he’s counting on.
Driving the news: The organization still hopes to conduct the convention’s “official business” in Charlotte, an RNC spokesperson said. But the part that most Americans think about the convention — the spectacle of the speakers and the president accepting the Republican nomination itself — will be held in a different state with more relaxed COVID-19 laws.
Behind the scenes: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, told the RNC it wouldn’t be able to hold a full-scale convention, for which it had contracted.
So that gave the RNC the ability to potentially change the rules to have a smaller presence in Charlotte while still fulfilling its contractual obligations to host the convention, per a source familiar with discussions.
Jacksonville is one of four leading contenders, per a source familiar with the matter. The others are Nashville, Orlando or somewhere in Georgia … Read more.
Our prediction: GOP convention will be held in this Florida city
- It has a professional sports arena as well as a convention center
- It boasts scores of large hotels
- It is served by a major US airport, with multiple alternate airports nearby
- It is in a key battleground state
- It has a Republican governor
- It’s an easy drive from Mar a Lago
- It’s on the short list of cities reported by Axios.
Our prediction (even before seeing the GOP’s ‘short list’) – the 2020 Republican National Convention will be held in Orlando, Florida.