Republicans on Monday are set to renominate President Trump and Vice President Pence officially to represent their party in the November election a
Republicans on Monday are set to renominate President Trump and Vice President Pence officially to represent their party in the November election as delegates gather for their in-person roll call vote Monday morning at the Charlotte, N.C., Republican National Convention (RNC).
The coronavirus shook up both the Republicans’ and Democrats’ convention plans this year as it made large in-person celebrations impossible. But Republicans, with strict health protocols, have managed to keep the official business of their party in-person, sending just six delegates from each state to the convention in Charlotte. Democrats, on the other hand, did all of their business virtually, including a pre-recorded roll call broadcast during their evening convention events.
That contrast will be most clear Monday morning when Republicans gather their delegates in socially distanced chairs and call each state by name, with the heads of each delegation standing up to report the votes of their state delegation. Trump secured every available delegate except for one, which went to former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld in Iowa.
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“It will certainly not look like the conventions of past years when everybody was on top of everybody,” Lawrence Tabas, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party and a Trump delegate in Charlotte, told Fox News.
But, Tabas said the procedures will still resemble a traditional roll call, bringing some sense of normalcy to what’s been a very abnormal year both inside and outside of politics.
“It’s similar to how they’re cast at a normal convention,” Tabas said. “They’ll call the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The chair of our delegation — I appointed Lou Barletta, the former congressman from our state who was one of the first Trump supporters, to be the chair so he would have the honor of saying, ‘The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to cast these 85 delegate votes for the president and the vice president.'”
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will be the chairman of the convention, which will take care of a handful of procedural tasks before eventually moving on to the official nominations for Trump and Pence.
Trump will be in North Carolina for unrelated business Monday, and the Trump campaign reported Friday it was considering bringing Trump to the convention for some sort of address, though it’s not clear if that idea will come to fruition. Trump, however, will be involved in the nightly RNC broadcasts throughout this week.
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The Monday morning proceedings come ahead of the first nightly RNC broadcast, which is perhaps more important electorally than the procedural business in Charlotte — it’s how parties rally their base and attempt to persuade undecided voters ahead of the election.
Among those speaking Monday will be Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., as well as Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.