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Charlotte launches drive for 2020 Republican National Convention
City hosted Democrats, Obama in 2012
Published Sunday, February 18, 2018 9:02 pm
by Herbert L. White

Charlotte wants to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.

City officials announced Thursday they’re “evaluating options” before submitting a proposal to party officials to declare interest as a convention site. The city hosted the 2012 Democratic convention – the first national political party gathering in Charlotte history.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our city, our region and our state to the world,” Mayor Vi Lyles said in a statement.
The 2012 Democratic convention drew 35,000 delegates, media and visitors to Charlotte, with an economic impact of more $163 million.  The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority will lead coordination of information and plans for the proposal, which is due at the end of February.

“People visiting our community will be impressed with the collaboration among our network of private sector, nonprofit and government partners to create an extraordinary experience,” Lyles said. “Our past successes are the foundation for creating a successful event in 2020.”

Local Republican leaders pledged their support for the 2020 drive.

“We are excited to see the city and its partners come together to submit this proposal.  Charlotte and the surrounding communities have proven our ability to manage major events like this,” Mecklenburg Republican Party Chairman Chris Turner said. “This event would bring a national spotlight to our city and region and is a perfect place for Republican leaders and supporters to celebrate the great progress our country has made since 2016.”

Charlotte has more than 45,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the Convention Center, Spectrum Center and Bank of America Stadium in Center City – all of which were sites of events during the Democratic convention, in which Barack Obama was nominated for a second term. The city and surrounding Mecklenburg are solidly Democratic, while President Donald Trump carried North Carolina in 2016.


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