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UPDATE: Justice pitches moving GOP convention to W.Va., calls it a long shot

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Published: Jun. 3, 2020 at 10:21 AM EDT
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UPDATE: 6/3/20 1:40 P.M.

While acknowledging the large economic impact hosting the GOP convention would have on the state of West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice admitted Wednesday that the reality of that happening is very slim.

“Here’s the brass tacks facts," Justice said. "I pushed it and put it on their radar saying West Virginia would be a wonderful place for such an event and everything. “It would give us a lot, a lot of recognition, and at the same time it would have tremendous economic impact for our city and the city it would come to would be Charleston.”

Because of concerns about COVID-19 regulations, GOP leaders are looking for a new site for the convention that originally was planned for Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Justice also said that while he will continue to market West Virginia, the reality of the state being chosen as the location is a long shot.


ORIGINAL STORY: 6/3/20

Could this year's Republican National Convention be moved to West Virginia?

Gov. Jim Justice told WSAZ Tuesday night that he has "made a big pitch" to President Donald Trump to bring the GOP gathering to West Virginia. He said he plans to follow up on the idea on Wednesday.

The convention originally was planned for Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina, but concerns about COVID-19 regulations have prompted GOP leaders to look elsewhere.

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