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GOP Looking To Move RNC To Jacksonville After Trump's Drama With NC Guv

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Three GOP officials told the Washington Post that convention staffers have (in the Post’s words) “tentatively settled” on moving the RNC to the Florida city and are looking into the logistics of doing so, though nothing has been finalized.

Jacksonville would host the RNC’s headliner events, particularly Trump’s speech, to satisfy the President’s demand for a full audience at his nomination.

Trump yanked the convention out of North Carolina last week after Gov. Roy Cooper (D) refused to promise to lift his state’s stay-at-home restrictions that prevented full capacity at the convention site amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The GOP will reportedly still hold routine convention meetings in Charlotte to avoid potential lawsuits for violating its contract with North Carolina.

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Cristina Cabrera is a newswriter at TPM based in New York. She previously worked for Vocativ, USA Today and New York 1 News. She received her B.A at NYU. You can reach her at cristina@talkingpointsmemo.com