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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,[1] 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.[2] Former White House Director of Management and Administration Marcia Lee Kelly, was named convention president and CEO in April 2019[3] making her the first Asian-American to do so for either major political party in American history. [4]

Background

Site selection

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.[5] Other sources named Dallas, Texas[6] and New York City, New York[7] as prospective hosts, while Las Vegas, Nevada,[8][9] Nashville, Tennessee,[10] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[9] and San Antonio, Texas[6][9] had been under consideration earlier. However, Charlotte was the only city in the country to officially submit a bid for the convention.[11] On July 18, 2018, the RNC Site Selection Committee voted unanimously to recommend holding the convention in Charlotte.[12] The Republican National Committee made the selection official on July 20.[13]

Controversy

Following President Trump’s rally in Greenville, North Carolina, the Charlotte City Council proposed retracting their bid to host the convention.[14] 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”.[15]

The platform

Prior to the business of nominating a presidential ticket, the delegates would approve a manifesto called a platform. Sections within this platform are known as planks.

In the past, the wording of these planks has been extremely contentious;[16] however, platforms are very seldom read by the voting public.[17]

Format

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.[18]

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.[19]

Pre-convention delegate count
Candidate Pledged delegates[19] Presumed “soft” count, including unpledged delegates[19]
Mark Sanford
Donald Trump (incumbent)
Joe Walsh
Bill Weld
Available delegates
2440[19]
2550
Total delegate votes
2440[19]
2550

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.”[20]

Notes

References

  1. ^ WCNC Staff, “WCNC: 2020 Republican National Convention dates announced Archived October 2, 2018, at the Wayback Machine“, October 1, 2018
  2. ^ “Exclusive: Democrats, anticipating heated primary, set earlier 2020 convention date”. CNN. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  3. ^ “Recent White House aide named 2020 Republican convention CEO”. Associated Press. April 8, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  4. ^ John Bowden (November 2, 2018). “White House official expected to depart, head up 2020 GOP convention”. The Hill. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Ochsner, Nick. “Source: Charlotte named finalist to host GOP convention in 2020”. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Dyches, Chris; Ochsner, Nick (May 4, 2018). “Source: Charlotte named finalist to host GOP convention in 2020”. WBTV. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Whalen, Bill (May 30, 2018). “Why L.A. Could Host Dems in 2020 (and Why It Shouldn’t)”. RealClearPolitics. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Morrison, Jane Ann (December 7, 2013). “City may not be ready for GOP convention in 2016, but in 2020 …” Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Wilson, Reid (May 11, 2018). “GOP has few takers for 2020 convention”. The Hill. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Collins, Michael (May 11, 2018). “Nashville drops campaign to host 2020 Republican National Convention”. The Tennessean. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Wilson, Reid (May 11, 2018). “GOP has few takers for 2020 convention”. The Hill. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  12. ^ Bruno, Joe (July 19, 2018). “RNC IN CHARLOTTE: Republican leaders unanimously select Charlotte as site for RNC in 2020 pending final vote”. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Morrill, Jim (July 20, 2018). “GOP picks Charlotte for 2020 convention. Now, the fundraising and organizing begin”. The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  14. ^ Harrison, Steve (July 23, 2019). “Charlotte, RNC Host, Condemns Trump’s ‘Racist Language. WFAE 90.7. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  15. ^ Harrison, Steve (July 18, 2019). “After Greenville, City Council Members Grapple With Decision To Host Trump’s Convention”. WFAE 90.7. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  16. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (July 10, 2016). “Donald Trump Keeps Distance in G.O.P. Platform Fight on Gay Rights”. The New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  17. ^ DiSalvo, Daniel; Ceaser, James W. (July 13, 2016). “Do Party Platforms Still Matter?”. The Atlantic. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  18. ^ “The Math Behind the Republican Delegate Allocation 2020”. thegreenpapers.com. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  19. ^ a b c d e “Republican Convention 2020”. thegreenpapers.com. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  20. ^ Josh Putnam, How the Republican Party made it harder for convention delegates to vote against Trump, The Washington Post (July 17, 2016).


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