Jacksonville, Florida has emerged as the leading candidate for this summer’s Republican National Convention. According to multiple outlets, the Florida city has a “99 percent” chance of hosting the event in August.
“While no final decision has been made by the RNC we understand Jacksonville is a front runner,” Republican Party of Florida Chair Joe Gruters tweeted Wednesday.
“This certainly has been generating a lot of attention and excitement. We continue to believe that Florida would be the best place for the convention,” he added.
“While no final decision has been made by the RNC we understand Jacksonville is a front runner. This certainly has been generating a lot of attention and excitement. We continue to believe that Florida would be the best place for the Convention” —Chairman @JoeGruters
— Florida GOP (@FloridaGOP) June 10, 2020
Following behind Jacksonville, Phoenix, Nashville and Savannah are also in the running. Charlotte was originally set as the site for the summer convention, but those plans were nixed when the state would not commit to having an on-site convention amid the pandemic.
There is no word as to if the date of the convention will be moved once a site is selected. The RNC has currently scheduled the convention for August 25-27, 2020. If these dates hold, President Trump will accept the party’s nomination one day before Rev. Al Sharpton’s proposed March on Washington in the nation’s capital. These two events occurring in the same weekend will provide for eventful political fodder as the race for the White House heats up.