Media will not be allowed to attend the New Mexico Republican Party’s convention this weekend, at which the party will elect delegates to send to the national nominating convention in July.
The tribal government of Sandia Pueblo, where the event is to be held, told the state GOP that journalists cannot attend the event.
New Mexico Republican Party spokesman Tucker Keene said the party did not object to the presence of media, but it is too late to move the event from the Native-American owned resort and casino outside Albuquerque.
“This took months and months to plan, and four days is simply not enough time,” Keen told the Albuquerque Journal.
Keene said the Sandia casino did not mention a ban on journalists in its contract with the party for the event. The spokesman said the party would likely not hold future events at the facility due to the policy, which is set to be further discussed Wednesday by the Tribal Council.
The party will elect 24 delegates to the National Republican Convention to be held this summer in Cleveland. Delegates at that convention will select the party’s presidential nominee, presumed to be the sole standing candidate, Donald Trump.
New Mexico has seen a flood of interest in becoming a delegate for the colorful 2016 race. Keene said 161 people have applied for the opportunity to represent the state in Cleveland in July, almost double the 81 applications received in 2012.
The state holds its presidential primary election on June 7.