Weeks ago, Democrat governor of North Carolina denied Republicans’ request to allow their National Convention to be held in Charlotte. The state is still under a COVID-related lockdown, with restrictions on large gatherings and events.
Even after the president weighed in, the governor delayed and denied them guidance. So, the RNC announced they were moving the big event. Now, they announced where most of the celebrating will be taking place:
The Republican National Convention will move its main events, including President Trump’s acceptance speech as the party’s nominee, to Jacksonville, Fla., the GOP announced Thursday night…
The party’s official business will still take place in Charlotte, the party said in a news release. But most festivities, including speeches, will now occur in Jacksonville in late August.
Why It’s Important:
The Republican National Convention is a major moment in the 2020 Election. It will be where primary votes are tallied and the nominee (Donald Trump) will accept his nomination. It is also where leading conservative voices will speak and rally the party (and, they hope, the country).
It also means considerable business for the city in which it’s hosted. President Trump predicted “hundreds of millions” of dollars would be pumped into the local economy, as attendees traveled from all over the country to be there. It would mean local restaurants, hotels, transportation services, and shopping centers would see a large uptick in revenue. That’s especially valuable for businesses recovering after the COVID lockdowns.
With the bulk of the event moving to Jacksonville, the state of Florida will enjoy this influx of business. It might be considered a better location in general, as Florida can better handle travelers during the summer season.
After it reopened, the state saw a drop in COVID cases and deaths, meaning attendees might feel safer going to the convention.
- The governor of North Carolina refused to loosen rules for the Republican National Convention.
- After threatening to move the event, the GOP has chosen Jacksonville as the replacement.
- The major political event means considerable dollars for the local economy.
Source: The Hill