TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – After a stalemate with Democrats in North Carolina, the GOP is expected to move its convention to Florida.
Citing three Republican officials who were briefed on the matter, the Washington Post reported that Republicans settled on Jacksonville as the new location for the Republican National Convention (RNC).
The New York Times previously reported Republicans were “zeroing in on Jacksonville” after President Donald Trump announced he would be moving his convention speech out of Charlotte, N.C. and to another city.
Trump abruptly pulled the convention out of Charlotte after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper insisted on a scaled-down convention in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Gov. Ron DeSantis offered Florida as a landing spot for the convention last month when the president first floated the idea of moving it from North Carolina.
“We obviously have a number of areas in our state that could do it. Obviously Miami could to it, Orlando could do it, Tampa could do it, Jacksonville could do it. You may even have some other places that could do it,” DeSantis said on May 26. “I think it’s just a matter of whether they’d want to do it.”
First Coast News reports Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is in support of the move, saying it will add $100 million to the regional economy.
Most of the convention would likely be held at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena, a multi-purpose arena located in downtown Jacksonville.
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