Mini Page: Republicans Look Ahead
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Did you watch any of the Democratic National Convention last week? This week, Republicans are gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, from Aug. 21-24. A planned celebration in Jacksonville, Florida, was canceled in late July because of concerns about COVID-19.

Let’s learn more about the Republicans’ plans.

Coming Together

The elephant is the symbol of the Republican Party.

Coming together

A political party (a group of people who have similar ideas about how our country should be run) holds a national meeting, called a convention, before a presidential election. At that meeting, representatives from each state, called delegates, announce which candidate they have chosen to run for president.

The candidate also may announce his or her choice for a running mate, who would become vice president if they are elected.

At the convention, members of the party also discuss the party’s platform, or its ideas and goals about different issues facing the country.

The Republicans plan to hold party meetings and formally nominate President Donald J. Trump in Charlotte. Much of the party’s business and activities may happen online, including events to celebrate President Trump’s nomination.

Who’s running?

President Trump is running for a second term as the leader of our country. Vice President Mike Pence is his running mate.

When a president competes for a second term, he is called an incumbent. According to the U.S. Constitution, presidents can serve for only two terms of four years each. If President Trump should win a second term, it will be his last as president.

Official Seal of CharlotteAbout Charlotte

Charlotte is home to about 1 million people. It’s the largest city in North Carolina.

Before settlement by Europeans, members of the Catawba tribe lived in the area. The city is nicknamed the Queen City after a German princess, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Many banks are headquartered in Charlotte, along with other large companies and NASCAR.

Republican roots

In 1854, the modern Republican Party was founded in the northern states by people who were against slavery. (The Democratic Party was formed in the early 1830s.)

The first Republican convention was held in Philadelphia in June 1856. About 600 delegates attended the meeting, and about 100 newspaper reporters covered the events there.

The party nominated John C. Fremont, a U.S. senator from California, for president.

Republican delegates

How many does your state have?

Alabama 50

Alaska 29

American Samoa 9

Arizona 57

Arkansas 40

California 172

Colorado 37

Connecticut 28

Delaware 16

District of Columbia 19

Florida 122

Georgia 76

Guam 9

Hawaii 19

Idaho 32

Illinois 67

Indiana 58

Iowa 40

Kansas 39

Kentucky 46

Louisiana 46

Maine 22

Maryland 38

Massachusetts 41

Michigan 73

Minnesota 39

Mississippi 40

Missouri 54

Montana 27

Nebraska 36

Nevada 25

New Hampshire 22

New Jersey 49

New Mexico 22

New York 94

North Carolina 71

North Dakota 29

Northern Mariana Islands 9

Ohio 82

Oklahoma 43

Oregon 28

Pennsylvania 88

Puerto Rico 23

Rhode Island 19

South Carolina 50

South Dakota 29

Tennessee 58

Texas 155

Utah 40

Vermont 17

Virginia 48

Virgin Islands 9

Washington 43

West Virginia 35

Wisconsin 52

Wyoming 29

TOTAL = 2,550

Resources:

On the Web:

National Park Service – Women’s History

At the Library:

The Woman’s Hour: Our Fight for the Right to Vote by Elaine Weiss

For Teachers: 

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