By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Charlotte, North Carolina, is poised to host the Republican Party's 2020 presidential nominating convention.
The national GOP's site selection committee voted behind closed doors Wednesday to recommend Charlotte, according to Republican officials with direct knowledge of the vote who were not authorized to address the situation publicly.
Republican National Committee members from across the country, gathering in Austin this week, will decide whether to finalize the recommendation Friday.
The only other convention site finalist was Las Vegas.
Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012. North Carolina emerged as a swing state during President Barack Obama's first run thanks to the state's large African-American population, but Republicans narrowly won the state in 2012 and 2016.
Breaking : A source tells me the selection committee has voted unanimously in favor of Charlotte for RNC. The entire National Committee will vote Friday morning.. but that's really just a formality I’m told.— Scott Wickersham (@WickershamWSOC9) July 18, 2018
President Donald Trump has already launched his 2020 re-election campaign.