GOP Votes for Scaled-Back Convention in Charlotte, Without Trump Acceptance Speech

The Republican National Committee (RNC) voted to keep official convention business in Charlotte, North Carolina, but move President Donald Trumps speech to accept the GOP nomination elsewhere.

GOP officials, frustrated by Gov. Roy Coopers refusal to say the Republican National Convention venue could be filled to capacity because of CCP virus-related restrictions, began last month looking at alternative sites. But city attorneys and members of the Charlotte Host Committee have said moving the entire convention would violate contractual agreements.

The vote means a pared-down group will travel to Charlotte, but another gathering, featuring Trumps address, will take place elsewhere.

“The RNCs Executive Committee has unanimously approved procedures that allow for official convention business to continue in Charlotte. Many cities are eager to host the presidents acceptance of the nomination, and talks are continuing with several of them to host that celebration. A final decision will be made soon,” a spokesperson for the committee said in a statement to The Epoch Times.

The executive committee approved the attendance of six delegates from each state and territory, for a total of 336, at Spectrum Arena in downtown Charlotte.

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The Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 13, 2019. (Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images)

The group from each state or territory usually includes the state party chair, the national committeeman and committeewoman, two credentialed committee members, and the state delegation chairman.

While only the delegates present at the arena can participate in official committee business, all delegates, even those offsite, can vote for the president and vice president nominees.

The portion featuring Trumps speech will happen in a separate location, according to information obtained by The Epoch Times. All delegates and alternates can attend, and each may bring a guest if permitted by law.

There are 5,000 delegates and alternates.

Charlotte City Attorney Patrick Baker said in a statement to news outlets that he was aware of media reports about the RNCs decision “to relocate a substantial portion of the convention” to Jacksonville, Florida.

“An immediate discussion with the RNC and our partners regarding contractual obligations and remedies resulting from this apparent decision is required,” he said.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., on June 2, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Charlotte Host Committee said it appeared the committee moved the convention to Florida, which would violate contractual agreements.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt on June 10: “Theres a couple more things we need to do before we can announce that, but Jacksonville is absolutely in the front-running position. … Jacksonville has a lot of the things that we like and in a very good position.”

The portion of the convention staying in Charlotte will be “smaller and scaled-down,” while a different city would be chosen “for a celebration,” she said.

Trump has a lot of input into the process, according to McDaniel.

Top Republican officials, including a number of governors, reached out to the GOP after party officials said they wanted to move the convention. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was one of them.

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