Charlotte, NC – On Thursday night, the GOP confirmed that they will indeed move the RNC from Charlotte, NC to Jacksonville, Florida, amid disagreements on COVID-19 controls. President Trump had demanded that the NC governor, Roy Cooper, allow the event to continue at full capacity and without restrictions in the area.
Cooper and states DHHS officials refused to modify the Governor’s “Safer at Home” initiatives, which have North Carolinian’s under more restrictions compared to their neighbors. Trump and GOP leaders had indicated after Cooper and state officials refused to allow the event, that it would move.
Speculation was made over where the event would relocate. Texas, Georgia and Florida all emerged as potential locations, but Florida won. Ronna McDaniel made the announcement on Twitter.
We are thrilled to hold @realDonaldTrump's acceptance of the Republican nomination in the great city of Jacksonville!
Not only is Florida his home state, it is crucial to victory.
We look forward to bringing this great celebration and economic boon to the Sunshine State!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 12, 2020
It is estimated that the loss of the RNC will cost North Carolina’s economy over $100 million. That economic boost would have been welcome in a state that has experienced significant economic effects from COVID-19 closure. So far, there has been no response from Governor Cooper’s office regarding the announcement.
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