2020 Republican National Convention
2020 U.S. presidential election
The 2020 Republican National Convention will be an event in which delegates of the United States Republican Party will select the party’s nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The convention will be held from August 24 to 27, 2020, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. By tradition, because Republicans currently hold the White House, their convention will be held after the 2020 Democratic National Convention, which is scheduled for July 13–16. Former White House Director of Management and Administration Marcia Lee Kelly, was named convention president and CEO in April 2019 making her the first Asian-American to do so for either major political party in American history. 
Las Vegas, Nevada and Charlotte, North Carolina were mentioned as possible locations for the 2020 RNC due to their locations within “swing states.” Neither had ever hosted a Republican National Convention, although Charlotte had hosted a Democratic National Convention (in 2012). A Charlotte television station, WBTV, reported that Charlotte, Las Vegas and “another unnamed city in Texas, which sources at the meeting said were likely either Dallas or San Antonio,” were finalists to host the convention. Other sources named Dallas, Texas and New York City, New York as prospective hosts, while Las Vegas, Nevada, Nashville, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and San Antonio, Texas had been under consideration earlier. However, Charlotte was the only city in the country to officially submit a bid for the convention. On July 18, 2018, the RNC Site Selection Committee voted unanimously to recommend holding the convention in Charlotte. The Republican National Committee made the selection official on July 20.
Following President Trump’s rally in Greenville, North Carolina, the Charlotte City Council proposed retracting their bid to host the convention. The city met in closed sessions with an attorney regarding their contract to host the convention. A conclusion was made that breaking the contract would likely end with the city being taken to court and forced to host the convention. A resolution was eventually approved by the Charlotte City Council condemning Trump for his use of “racist and xenophobic language”.
Selection of pledged delegates
The base number of pledged delegates that are allocated to each of the 50 states is 10 at-large delegates, plus 3 district delegates for each congressional district. A fixed number of pledged delegates are allocated to Washington D.C. and each of the five U.S. territories. Bonus delegates are awarded to each state and territory based on whether it has elected (if applicable) through December 31, 2019 (after the 2019 “off-year” elections): a Republican governor, Republican majorities in either one or both chambers in its state legislature, one or two Republicans to the U.S. Senate, or a Republican majority in its delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives. A state is also awarded additional bonus delegates if it carried the Republican candidate, Trump, in the 2016 presidential election.
Pre-convention delegate count
The table below reflects the presumed delegate count as per the 2020 Republican primaries.
As of September 2019, the following estimated numbers of 2440 available pledged delegates and 2550 total delegates may change, as penalty/bonus delegates are awarded to each state and territory based on Republican gains and losses at both the Federal and state level through the 2019 “off-year” elections to the end of December 31, 2019.
|Candidate||Pledged delegates||Presumed “soft” count, including unpledged delegates|
|Donald Trump (incumbent)|
Presidential and vice presidential balloting
According to party rules agreed to in July 2016, “a candidate has to win a majority of the vote in eight states to have his or her name placed into nomination at the convention.”
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