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GOP to hold 2020 convention in Charlotte

GOP to hold 2020 convention in Charlotte
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced on Friday that it will hold the party's 2020 convention in Charlotte, N.C.

The vote to hold the GOP convention in Charlotte had been fiercely opposed by some Charlotte residents because of opposition to Trump’s policies on immigrants detained at the border, his comments normalizing white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Va., and the risk to public safety. 

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But proponents, including taxi and hotel owners, cited the potential economic stimulus that an influx of delegates, media and Republican supporters would bring to the city.

"I am thrilled to announce Charlotte as the official host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention. We look forward to seeing the Queen City take center stage as the Republican Party re-nominates President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE and Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump, Obama head to swing states with Senate majority in balance The Fed really is ‘crazy’ for undercutting Trump recovery MORE to continue fighting for the American people," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielRNC rips Politico editor-in-chief over Trump tweet Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Dem senator says 'we're not in a court of law' when asked about presumption of innocence for Kavanaugh MORE said in a statement announcing the decision. 
 
RNC committee members voted unanimously to pick Charlotte as the site of the party's 2020 convention. 
 
Friday's announcement comes after weeks of speculation that Republicans had homed in on North Carolina as the site of their convention. 
 
A Charlotte-based NBC station reported earlier this week that the RNC's site selection committee voted on Wednesday in favor of the city as the location for the party’s 2020 convention.
 
"Charlotte has so much to offer, and we are excited to bring delegates to a city that has demonstrated its southern hospitality, showcased its vibrant energy, and proven that possibilities are endless," RNC site selection chairman Ron Kaufman said in a statement Friday. 

Charlotte was one of only two cities mounting a bid, along with Las Vegas, and the only city where local government leaders have expressed an interest in hosting the convention.

Democrats, meanwhile, are down to three cities for their 2020 presidential nominating convention: Houston, Miami Beach and Milwaukee.