Jacksonville is front-runner for Trump convention speech

Donald Trump during briefling on April 18, 2020. (Photo: CNN)

TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) — Jacksonville, Florida, is the front-runner to host the celebration marking President Donald Trump’s acceptance of his party’s nomination for reelection.

That’s according to Ronna McDaniel, who heads the Republican National Committee. She said in a radio interview Wednesday that reports of a final decision are “definitely premature” but that Jacksonville is the favorite now.

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The Democratic governor of North Carolina balked at promising Trump a full-blown convention in Charlotte without social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic.

The RNC voted Wednesday night to allow the party’s more mundane business, including discussions over the platform, to be held in Charlotte because of contractual obligations.