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Previewing The GOP Convention




 Delegates applaud as they cast their votes on the first day of the Republican National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on August 24, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Delegates applaud as they cast their votes on the first day of the Republican National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on August 24, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Republicans have begun the process of formally nominating Donald Trump as the party’s 2020 presidential nominee. The party has gathered 336 delegates for the roll call vote at a scaled-down convention kickoff in Charlotte, North Carolina, that begins a weeklong effort to convince the American people that he deserves a second term. 

Despite the ongoing pandemic, delegates are holding an in-person roll-call vote at the Charlotte Convention Center. Democrats, who held their convention last week, chose to hold their roll call vote in a video montage from states across the country to avoid a large-scale gathering. A collection of Republican officials, Trump’s allies and adversaries alike, described this week as a pivotal moment for their party as the coronavirus pandemic rages, the economy slumps and two hurricanes take aim at the Gulf Coast. Some believe it’s already too late for a president who has spent years alienating broad swaths of the electorate, particularly women and college-educated voters. Others suggest that this week offers Trump a genuine opportunity to improve his prospects 10 weeks before the election. Today on AirTalk, we discuss what can likely be expected throughout the week and the latest polls. What do you hope to see during the convention this week? Do you have thoughts? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Zach Montellaro, campaign reporter at POLITICO and the author of the Morning Score, the publication’s daily Campaigns policy newsletter; he tweets @ZachMontellaro

Aaron Zitner, editor in the Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau, he works on WSJ/NBC News Polls; he tweets @aaronzitner