The Republican convention promises to be unique in more than one way. Donald Trump is expected to be officially nominated as the Grand Old Party (GOP) candidate for the November 3 presidential election, but the August 24-27 vote is expected to be held in private. For the first time, it could take place without the presence of the press due to the epidemic caused by the new coronavirus, a spokeswoman for the Republican convention said.
Nomination conventions have traditionally been a boon to the media and to candidates alike. These events are important forums for getting their message out to as many voters as possible.
“We will be happy to inform you if this changes”
“Given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state of North Carolina, we anticipate the closure of Charlotte activities from Friday August 21 to Monday August 24, said a spokesperson for the convention. We will be happy to let you know if this changes, but we work within the parameters set by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events. “
Delegates to Charlotte, North Carolina, will vote by proxy on behalf of the more than 2,500 official convention delegates. Alternate delegates, as well as guests, will not be tolerated.
As the epidemic continues to grow in the United States – 154,319 dead and more than 60,000 new cases of Covid-19 for the fifth day in a row Saturday, according to a count carried out by Johns Hopkins University – Donald Trump had already announced on July 23 that he was canceling the “big” Republican convention planned for Jacksonville (Florida). Still, 336 delegates are expected to gather in Charlotte at the end of August to officially vote and make Trump their candidate for a second time.
Almost entirely virtual convention among the Democrats
Privately, some GOP delegations have raised logistical concerns when traveling within either city, citing the growing number of jurisdictions imposing mandatory quarantine orders on travelers returning from states with virus outbreaks.
The Democrats for their part announced a month ago that their convention, scheduled in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) from August 17 to 20, would be almost entirely virtual. Former Vice President Joe Biden will personally accept his nomination as party candidate.