NCGOP hosts virtual district conventions

NC GOP Chairman Michael Whatley. Photo: A.P. Dillon, North State Journal

RALEIGH — This past Saturday, the North Carolina Republican Party hosted their first three virtual district conventions. The initial district conventions included districts 2, 7, and 8. The districts converted to virtual formats to follow safety guidelines from the statewide stay-at-home order.

The districts used a combination of audio and online voting components. Each district hosted several speakers on their calls: representatives from the Trump-Pence Campaign, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, state judicial candidates like Phil Berger Jr., and candidates for U.S. Congress and the N.C. Council of State.

NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley said, “We are very pleased with our first round of virtual district conventions. Each of our three district chairs and their teams did a fantastic job to handle online credentialing and registration, then did an awesome job hosting the conventions — all remotely. With hundreds of delegates, guests and speakers on each call, we were able to hear speeches, get updates and vote for candidates just like we would at a physical convention.”

Whatley added for a first run, including two runoff votes for delegates, he was really proud of the chairs, their teams, and the NCGOP staff. The NCGOP will be holding the remaining 10 district conventions later this month.

The North Carolina Democratic Party will conduct virtual county conventions on April 25 and their district conventions will be conducted virtually on May 16.