RNC 2020

The Spectrum Center in uptown Charlotte will host the 2020 Republican National Convention.
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The Republican National Convention is set to descend on Charlotte Aug. 24-27, 2020. For a few days, uptown will be an international focal point of political news. Republican Donald Trump is the first impeached president seeking reelection in U.S. history, and the convention comes amid a tumultuous time in American politics.

The convention won't just have a political impact – the massive event will also affect traffic and travel for thousands of uptown Charlotte workers, residents and visitors. It's also sure to draw supporters and protesters alike, presenting a security challenge for law enforcement. But Charlotte has some experience already, having hosted the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The 2020 convention created local controversy more than a year ahead of its arrival, with City Council members' decision to host the RNC a campaign issue for challengers in the 2019 municipal elections — not to mention City Council voting 9-2 in July 2019 to condemn President Trump for "racist and xenophobic language."

The RNC – and how Charlotte landed it and prepares for it – is also the subject of WFAE's "Inside Politics" podcast, hosted by award-winning reporters Lisa Worf and Steve Harrison, launching January 2020. 

Spectrum Center
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The Charlotte City Council couldn't cancel the Republican National Convention because of the coronavirus, although Mecklenburg County and the state could shut down the event if they deem it a threat to the public health. 

Bank of America Stadium

More than 100 venues will host convention events during the Republican National Convention, but it looks like Bank of America Stadium will not be one of them. 

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told City Council Monday night that he doesn’t plan on asking for a new crowd-control ordinance for the Republican National Convention in August.

RNC 2020
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Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

The marquee event for Charlotte in this jam-packed election year will be this summer's Republican National Convention. A new WFAE podcast explores the convention and its implications for Charlotte and North Carolina politics.

RNC 2020
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Charlotte is just seven months away from hosting the Republican National Convention – and there are a lot of preparations to make and questions to be answered. WFAE’s new podcast Inside Politics, the RNC in Charlotte, looks at the RNC and the 2020 election through the lens of Charlotte. It launched Thursday.

Joining Gwendolyn Glenn are the podcast’s co-hosts – WFAE’s political reporter Steve Harrison and Lisa Worf, who you usually hear on Morning Edition. 

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney talks 98 homicides in Charlotte YTD and his contentious retirement plan with WFAE's Gwendolyn Glenn.
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It’s been a violent year in Charlotte. There have been 98 homicides, the most since 1993.  At this time last year, there were 51 homicides. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney addressed those numbers today in what could be an exit interview. 

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More than 400 members of the media came to the Spectrum Center on Tuesday for a walkthrough for the 2020 Republican National Convention.

The Spectrum Center will host the RNC in August, just as the arena hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

But there will be some differences this time.


Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles is defending City Council’s closed-door session last month during which the city’s contract to host the 2020 Republican National Convention was discussed.


The city of Charlotte recently released a summary of the City Council’s closed session two weeks ago to discuss the possibility of pulling out of its contract to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.


The Charlotte City Council Monday night approved a resolution that condemned President Trump, saying he used “racist and xenophobic language.”

City Council

A year ago, the Charlotte City Council voted 6-5 to host the 2020 Republican National Convention – as liberal activists implored them to reject it.

The tree ordinance changes would affect tree placement in most of uptown Charlotte

The local host committee for the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte announced Wednesday that Louis Dejoy will lead its fundraising efforts.

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Updated: 3:45 p.m.

The Republican National Committee announced Monday that its nominating convention in Charlotte will be held Aug. 24-27.

Ana Lucia Murillo / WFAE

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said he will wait until after the 2020 Republican National Convention to disclose what CMPD buys with a $50 million federal security grant.

Erin Keever / WFAE

Following a weeks-long public debate, a heated city council meeting and a final stamp of approval that came Friday, Charlotte will host the 2020 Republican National Convention. But, throughout the debate, city leaders were tight-lipped on details of the event contracts. Now, bid documents and signed agreements give a deeper understanding of how the convention will be run, planned and paid for.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Now that Charlotte has been chosen to host the 2020 Republican convention, how do we get ready? Mike Collins talks with some of the people tasked with executing the city's second political convention in less than a decade.

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Pressure was building on social media against the bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention before Monday’s vote with Democrats complaining there wasn’t enough debate about the bid ahead of time. That boiled over in last night’s council hearing and protests at the government center.

Mayor Vi Lyles speaks during Monday's special council meeting to vote on the city's bid for the Republican National Convention in 2020.
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After a debate that Mayor Vi Lyles called one of the most difficult of her career, a divided Charlotte City Council voted 6 to 5 Monday to support the city's bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. The council's endorsement comes as the Republican National Committee prepares to meet in Austin, Texas this week to choose between Charlotte and Las Vegas.

Former state Senator Malcolm Graham was among a number of Democrats that were voicing opposition to the bid for the Republican National Convention.
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Leaders of several Democratic groups predicted protests and other forms of unrest if Charlotte hosts the Republican National Convention in 2020. The groups held a press conference Monday in front of the Government Center to voice their opposition to the city's bid.

The Charlotte City Council heard from more than 130 people discussing their support or opposition for the Republican National Convention in 2020.
Jasmin Herrera / WFAE

The Charlotte City Council voted 6-5 in a show of support for the city’s bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention after a week of heated debate among council members over the merits of hosting the convention.