The city of Charlotte has just announced that it will be submitting a bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention here in Charlotte.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our city, our region and our state to the world. People visiting our community will be impressed with the collaboration among our network of private sector, nonprofit and government partners to create an extraordinary experience,” said Mayor Vi Lyles in a statement.
Charlotte may have a high likelihood of winning the bid, considering our current political atmosphere and recent growth.
President Trump won North Carolina by only 3.7% back in 2016 and many think the margins will be even closer for the 2020 election. Both major political parties usually hold their conventions in swing states like North Carolina in order to sure up their base and attempt to drum up new excitement. Two years ago the Republicans held their convention in Cleveland, OH, and 4 years before that they held it in Tamps, FL – both major swing states.
Charlotte has also recently seen massive growth in hotels around Center City, meaning more Republican delegates wouldn’t have to travel as far as they did in Cleveland to attend the convention sessions.
The convention would be a huge economic boost for our city, considering that the Democratic National Convention that we hosted in 2012 had an estimated economic impact of over $163 million.
Bids for the RNC are will be due at the end of this month.
What are your thoughts on Charlotte hosting the RNC?