The Republican National Committee will hold its 2013 Winter Meeting in Charlotte early next year, the party confirmed Tuesday.
Though details are still sketchy about the RNCs agenda, its 168 members are scheduled to meet Jan. 23-26 at the Westin in uptown Charlotte.
Itll be the second big national political gathering in Charlotte since September, when the city hosted the much larger Democratic National Convention.
In November, North Carolina returned to the Republican column in the presidential race, and elected its first GOP governor in 20 years in former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.
The RNCs decision to meet in the state is an acknowledgment that were the only swing state that went from blue to red, said Cleveland Countys Wayne King, vice chairman of the state GOP. Its also a way to celebrate our victories in the state.
A party spokesman wouldnt comment on whether the RNC meeting was a possible prelude to the GOP picking Charlotte as site for the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Surely RNC members will be checking out Charlotte while theyre here. As for their agenda, the GOP is at the beginning of some post-election soul-searching. The party did well in North Carolina, but lost the presidential election and several high-profile U.S. Senate seats around the country.
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