The Republican Party will re-nominate President Donald Trump in 2020 at their convention to be hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to news reports.
In 2012, Democrats chose the fast-growing Southern city as the convention site when it renominated former President Barack Obama.
Charlotte’s City Council barely passed the resolution to apply to become the host city: the vote was 6-5, with several councilmembers pointing to controversial positions advocated by Trump in their decision to oppose the effort.
More than 100 residents showed up at the council vote on the convention, mostly in protest.
Charlotte was one of the few large cities in the U.S. that pursued the convention, which many expect to draw a record breaking number of protests.
Trump owns a large golf resort in Charlotte.
Several Charlotte residents vowed to vote against any local elected official who voted for the convention taking place there, including Mayor Vi Lyles, who led the effort to bring the convention to town.
Lyles said the decision was her most difficult since taking office.
Lyles is the city’s first African-American Female Mayor.