RNC 2020

Nevada GOP chairman: 'It’s a win-win for Republicans' to host RNC in Charlotte

The chairman of the Nevada Republican Party congratulated Charlotte on its likely selection as the site for the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Las Vegas was the only city left in the running.

The Republican National Committee’s site selection committee met this morning in Austin, Texas. In an opening invocation, members of the committee thanked the Charlotte City Charlotte for its vote approving the convention Monday, according to Sarah Reidy-Jones, vice chair of the Mecklenburg County GOP. They also mentioned Charlotte several times.

“By the prayer this morning, it was kind of already said,” said Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald. “I am delighted to have it in Charlotte. I am very proud of the mayor and city council and the job that they did. That’s great leadership on a difficult vote.”

“I think it’s a win-win for Republicans having it in Charlotte.”

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and four City Council members are flying to Austin Thursday afternoon, anticipating that they will formally be awarded the 2020 Republican National Convention at a GOP party later that night.

Lyles, Democrats Julie Eiselt and James Mitchell, and Republicans Ed Driggs and Tariq Bokhari are flying to Austin, Texas, Thursday, Bokhari said.

A delegation from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority is already en route to the Fairmont Hotel in Austin, where the Republican National Committee is meeting.

Staff writer Jim Morrill contributed from Austin, Texas.

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