GOP picks Jacksonville, Florida, for Trump convention speech

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Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 21, 2016. (Photo: CBS News)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republicans have selected Jacksonville, Florida, to host the celebration marking President Donald Trump’s acceptance of his party’s nomination for reelection.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel made the announcement Thursday, a day after saying Jacksonville was a front-runner for the event. The party’s more mundane business, including discussions over the platform, will still be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, because of contractual obligations.

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The speech was moved after North Carolina’s Democratic governor balked at promising Trump a full-blown convention without social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic.

Florida’s governor is a close Trump ally, and the state’s electoral votes are considered critical for Trump’s reelection bid.