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Republicans tentatively agree to move 2020 convention to Florida, Washington Post reports

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Posted at 7:25 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 07:40:07-04

Republicans have tentatively settled on Jacksonville, Fla., as the new destination for most of the Republican National Convention in August, according to the Washington Post.

The outlet spoke with three Republican officials briefed on the plans.

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The convention is August 24-27 and was supposed to be held in North Carolina, but President Trump was not satisfied with the state's policy on not committing to allow a large scale gathering due to COVID-19.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said multiple times last month that Florida would love to have the RNC, touting its possible economic impact.

The Washington Post says the exact plans for the convention are still being decided, and GOP staffers are scrambling to find enough hotel rooms to accommodate the event.

Republican officials were in Jacksonville on Monday looking at the city and the surrounding areas, WaPo said.

They also said the convention’s more routine and lower-profile meetings still would take place in Charlotte, the original host site for the convention, according to two officials. Those smaller meetings are intended to honor the RNC’s contractual obligation to hold its convention in North Carolina and shield the party from lawsuits for moving the large events elsewhere.

Florida has started opening up more, but still does not allow large gatherings without social distancing measures at this time.