Republicans, Trump considering Las Vegas as possible location for upcoming convention

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — President Trump is looking for a new state to host the Republican National Convention (RNC) this summer, and Nevada is among the options.

It was scheduled to be held in Charlotte in August, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, North Carolina has refused to commit to allowing a full, in-person 50,000 seat gathering.

Trump announced the news via tweet Tuesday night, complaining that Gov. Roy Cooper, D-N.C., and other officials were not “allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised.”

“Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention,” he wrote.

Republicans are considering Nashville, Las Vegas, and Orlando as possible substitutes.

A traditional GOP convention brings together roughly 2,500 delegates, the same number of alternate delegates and many times more guests, journalists and security personnel.

Officials in both parties have been preparing contingency plans for months given the uncertainty and dangers posed by the virus and evolving restrictions on large gatherings meant to slow the spread.

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