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Uncertainty complicates planning for political conventions

Democrats seem more likely than Republicans to scale back upcoming convention this summer because of coronavirus concerns

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May 8, 2020
By Walt Williams

The Democratic and Republic National Conventions are moving forward despite concerns about holding large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, but whether many associations will participate this year remains to be seen.

At the moment, the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee is the event whose future is most uncertain, having already been pushed back from July to August and with some party leaders suggesting it could go virtual instead. The Republican National Convention, currently scheduled for August in Charlotte, N.C., seems more certain because GOP leaders have pushed for a reopening of the economy and, well, President Donald Trump likes cheering audiences.