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 TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE and Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Students at school system Pence called 'forefront' of reopening now in quarantine Presidential debates demonstrate who has what it takes MORE to continue fighting for the American people," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielTrump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Texas governor skipping Republican convention RNC chairwoman: Quarantines in Democratic-led states made GOP Florida convention impossible 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.