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Elections 2020: when will the Republican National Convention be held?

The current 2020 Democratic Democratic National Convention is being staged virtually and the RNC will adopt a similar protocol.

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Elections 2020: when will the Republican National Convention be held?
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With the United States holding a presidential election in November, both main political parties are ramping up their activity with the month of August set to host both Democrat and Republican party conventions.

Traditionally attended by around 50,000 people the current DNC 2020 is a scaled back convention and this year is being staged virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with neither the nominees, nor delegates, nor the event’s speakers turning out in person.

The Democrat convention this year boasts speakers including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and former First Lady Michelle Obama. There will also be performances from musicians such as Billie Eilish and John Legend.

This video grab made on August 19, 2020 from the online broadcast of the Democratic National Convention, being held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, shows former US President Barack Obama speaking from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the third day of the convention

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Originally to be staged at the Spectrum Centre in Charlotte and subsequently moved to Jacksonville (Florida), the Republican Party Convention will finally go ahead from August 24-27 in Charlotte but will also adopt measures put in place by the Democrats with many of the guest speakers being beamed via online streams and only 300 party delegates in North Carolina as a deterrent against the spread of coronavirus. The convention is expected to renominate Donald Trump for President with Mike Pence his right hand man.

At present, limited information has been leaked about who will speak at the convention but sources such as CNN and the Washington Post suggest we can see the likes of Trump's former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa along with Melania, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. all participating at the event.

The convention will commence each day at 20:30 (ET) and run through to 23:00 (ET) with the daily 'headline' speaker set to address the convention at approximately 22:00 (ET).