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Republican National Convention set to begin Monday

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Posted at 6:34 PM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 21:34:03-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Now that the Democratic Party has officially backed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, it’s time for the Republican National Convention.

The four-night convention begins with a roll call on Monday evening from delegates who take turns stating their pick for the nominee. California Republican National Committeewoman and Delegate to Republican National Convention Harmeet Dhillon said they are expecting a unanimous vote for President Trump and VP Mike Pence.

Then, top republicans and citizens will speak through the next few nights. President Trump is expected to speak Thursday evening, but the schedule also shows he will be in the program to some capacity every evening.

This would typically be a time when hundreds from California attend, but with coronavirus restrictions, that’s not possible this year. Dhillon said California would typically have 170 delegates, an equal number of alternates and guests, but that number has dwindled to just 6 for 2020. She said everyone in Charlotte has taken multiple coronavirus tests and said she feels safe with the health guidelines being practiced.

Dhillon also said that she encouraged people who would not be flying to the RNC to donate the money saved from staying home. She said it typically costs thousands of dollars per person to travel to the convention.

“I asked a lot of people to please contribute that money toward the candidate of your choice in California so I think the cancellation of this event has actually led to a lot of, hundreds of thousands of dollars being invested back into California,” she said.

A schedule of the week can be found here.