Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Ronna McDaniel said on Monday that the party “will not be holding a virtual convention” in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election.
The Republican National Convention scheduled for Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be carried out at least partly in-person, she said.
“Its quite a ways away, and theres ample time for us to adjust, if necessary,” McDaniel said on a call with reporters about election lawsuits, reported The Associated Press.
The RNC is set to formally choose President Donald Trump as its nominee at the event.
When asked about the possibility of the Minnesota Republican Partys online convention being disrupted by hackers, she responded: “We will not be holding a virtual convention.”
The RNC has hired a medical adviser for the convention, and McDaniel said the party will need to consult with the Charlotte mayor and North Carolina governor on logistics.
Democrats have moved their national convention, planned to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from July to August.
It is currently unclear whether the event will be entirely online.
A New York Times report on Monday said that “many” of the Democratic delegates “dont want to go.”
“The vast majority of them dont want to risk their own health or the health of others by traveling to Milwaukee and congregating inside the convention facilities,” the paper reported, citing interviews it conducted with 59 members of the DNC and superdelegates. Just nine delegates indicated they are planning to attend the convention in person.
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