Trump, DeSantis, Pence to deliver remarks at North Carolina GOP Convention in June

by Alex Caldwell

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President Donald Trump is scheduled to give remarks as a featured speaker for the North Carolina State GOP Convention next month, according to the state’s party officials.

Trump will headline the convention among a slate of prominent speakers likely seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence.

North Carolina GOP Chair Michael Whatley confirmed the news on Monday, tweeting that the three speakers’ debuts will be a “testament to the importance of NC as a battleground state and the strength of our Republican Party going into the 2024 cycle.”

The event, which is scheduled to take place from July 8 to 11, will be held at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks from the Grand Ballroom at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 10, 2023.

Other Republican attendees include North Carolina Sen. Ted Budd, and Reps. Dan Bishop, Chuck Edwards, Virginia Foxx, Richard Hudson, and Patrick McHenry.

Trump’s upcoming visit to North Carolina will be his first appearance in the swing state since holding a campaign rally for Ted Budd in September 2022. It is expected to be one of the most competitive states of the 2024 election, as Trump won it by less than two points over Joe Biden in 2020, and Budd won by just over three points in 2022.

Trump has also made visits to other swing states recently ahead of next year’s presidential election. He made a quick campaign stop in New Hampshire last month and will hold a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.

Although DeSantis and Pence have not announced presidential bids, they have also visited Iowa and New Hampshire, as has declared Republican candidates former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.

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