The Republican National Committee has chosen a new location for Trump’s re-nomination.
The Republican National Convention will now take place in Jacksonville, FL this summer as the Republican Party battled with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) about crowd sizes amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion in the great city of Jacksonville,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “Not only does Florida hold a special place in President Trump’s heart as his home state, but it is crucial in the path to victory in 2020. We look forward to bringing this great celebration and an economic boom to the Sunshine State in just a few short months.”
The RNC said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had been very welcoming:
“Florida is honored to host this special event where we will celebrate the re-nomination of President Donald J. Trump,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. “Jacksonville is a great city that will showcase Florida’s energy, facilities, entrepreneurship, and commitment to bring together the delegates of the Republican Party at a historic time in our nation’s history.”
Our previous reporting noted Trump was threatening to move the convention from North Carolina unless Cooper could guarantee capacity restrictions would not affect the convention:
“Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, [North Carolina Governor] Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena – Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and then tell them they will not be able to gain entry. Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised,” Trump tweeted.
“Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of the [North Carolina Governor], we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention”, he continued.
Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in Florida 49.02% to 47.82% in 2016. The last time someone won the White House without winning Florida was 1992 when Bill Clinton narrowly lost the state to incumbent George H.W. Bush 40.89% to 39.00% with Ross Perot garnering 19.82%. A Republican hasn’t won the presidency without winning Florida since 1924 when Coolidge defeated John Davis but lost Florida by a 2 to 1 margin.
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