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Ronna McDaniel, RNC chief: Decision on convention will likely have to come in next week or so

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Tuesday said organizers planning the Republican National Convention will likely have to decide in the next week or so on where parts of it will be relocated. She mentioned Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Tennessee as states that have lobbied to host it after North Carolina Gov. Roy…

Ronna McDaniel, RNC chief: Decision on convention will likely have to come in next week or so

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Tuesday said organizers planning the Republican National Convention will likely have to decide in the next week or so on where parts of it will be relocated.

She mentioned Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Tennessee as states that have lobbied to host it after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said he couldn’t guarantee full use of an arena in Charlotte amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve been traveling,” Ms. McDaniel said on “Fox & Friends.” “We will have to make a decision probably within the next week as to where we’re going to have this celebration.”

Planning a national party convention is a monumental, multi-year task under the best of circumstances, and officials are scrambling to shift gears in less than three months after President Trump said last week that Mr. Cooper’s moves were forcing them to scout other locations.

The RNC has said it still hopes to conduct at least some convention business in Charlotte even if the celebration surrounding Mr. Trump’s formal nomination takes place somewhere else.

Ms. McDaniel also said it’s important that Mr. Trump starts holding campaign-style rallies again as he looks to get back on the road in the coming weeks.

“I think they’ll be full rallies,” she said. “When we went to North Carolina and I spoke to the governor talking about the convention, we were talking about doing temperature checks, testing everybody before they came in.”

“Lots of precautions to make sure we’re putting the safety of convention-goers first,” she said. “I think that will be the same with the rallies — they’ll make sure that they’re putting safety procedures in place to make sure that every attendee is taken care of.”

“It is so critical that he gets out on the road and starts having these rallies and hearing from his voters,” she said.

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Ronna McDaniel: Empty college campuses could affect student turnout

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Monday said that if college students don’t return for in-person learning this fall, it could affect voter turnout among younger people in key states. “If these college campuses are vacant in the fall, it really changes some of these battleground states if students aren’t there,” Ms. McDaniel said…

Ronna McDaniel: Empty college campuses could affect student turnout

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Monday said that if college students don’t return for in-person learning this fall, it could affect voter turnout among younger people in key states.

“If these college campuses are vacant in the fall, it really changes some of these battleground states if students aren’t there,” Ms. McDaniel said on “Fox & Friends.”

“You’re not going to be able, for example in New Hampshire, to do same-day registration and then turn out all these college kids,” she said. “So that’s going to change a lot of these states and the calculus for Democrats in some of their turnout models.”

President Trump is pushing for K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, to reopen their doors for in-person learning for the upcoming academic year.Polling has generally shown presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden outperforming Mr. Trump among younger voters.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Ms. McDaniel said they have already registered more voters overall than they did in the entire 2016 cycle.

Republicans have managed to eat into Democratic registration advantages in key states like Pennsylvania and North Carolina in recent months.

“We’ve been building up our ground game for the past year,” Ms. McDaniel said. “We’ve had people in all of these battleground states. We have the highest staff that we’ve ever had and we’ve activated over a million volunteers. And the Biden operation has not been existent.”

She said when the pandemic hit, they went “completely virtual.”

“We haven’t lost a step,” Ms. McDaniel said.

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Ronna McDaniel: Jacksonville in frontrunning position to host parts of GOP convention

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Wednesday said Jacksonville, Florida is in the “front-running position” to host parts of the Republican National Convention as organizers continue hunting for alternate sites. She said reports that the GOP is planning to move proceedings to Jacksonville from Charlotte, North Carolina are “definitely premature.” She said the party…

Ronna McDaniel: Jacksonville in frontrunning position to host parts of GOP convention

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Wednesday said Jacksonville, Florida is in the “front-running position” to host parts of the Republican National Convention as organizers continue hunting for alternate sites.

She said reports that the GOP is planning to move proceedings to Jacksonville from Charlotte, North Carolina are “definitely premature.”

She said the party will be keeping some of the convention business in North Carolina.

“And then we are looking for a different city for a celebration,” Ms. McDaniel told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “There’s a couple more things we need to do before we can announce that, but Jacksonville is absolutely in the frontrunning position.”

She also mentioned Nashville, Savannah, and Phoenix as other cities under consideration.

“But Jacksonville has a lot of the things that we like and in a very good position,” she said.

Ms. McDaniel said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, is “playing politics” and didn’t want the convention to be there.

“So shame on him, because he put politics over the people of his state and revenues coming into his state,” she said.

Mr. Cooper has said the state was committed to hosting a safe convention but that planners never agreed to scale things down to accommodate public safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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