Trump, RNC say Republican nomination will not be held in North Carolina

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June 3, 2020: Biden and Trump won presidential primaries in seven states and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. The Republican National Committee said it would not hold the nomination portion of the Republican National Convention in North Carolina.

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Election Updates

  • Joe Biden and Donald Trump won primaries in Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Biden won an estimated 337 pledged delegates in those races and Bernie Sanders won six, with most races partially reporting. This brought Biden to 1,903 out of the 1,991 delegates needed to secure the nomination, according to the Associated Press.

  • Biden gave a speech in Philadelphia on Tuesday. He said, “I won’t traffic in fear and division. I won’t fan the flames of hate. I’ll seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued our country, not use them for political gain. I’ll do my job and I’ll take responsibility — I won’t blame others”

  • Former Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro endorsed Biden. Castro previously endorsed Elizabeth Warren.

  • The Hill reported that a group of former George W. Bush administration officials created a super PAC called “43 Alumni For Biden.”

  • Trump tweeted, “Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, @NC_Governor Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena – Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and … then tell them they will not be able to gain entry. Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised. Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of … millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.”

  • A statement from the Republican National Committee said, “Due to the directive from the governor that our convention cannot go on as planned as required by our rules, the celebration of the president’s acceptance of the Republican nomination will be held in another city. … Should the governor allow more than 10 people in a room, we still hope to conduct the official business of the convention in Charlotte.”

Flashback: June 3, 2016

Trump criticized Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in San Jose, California. He said, “Anything Obama wants, she’s going forward with. … Because you know why? She doesn’t want to go to jail. That’s why.”

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