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Coronavirus pandemic could alter plans for DNC & RNC

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MADISON (WKOW) -- We're now 100 days out from the Republican National Convention in Charlotte and less than 100 days from the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. And as organizers prepare for the major political events, the coronavirus pandemic is looming large.

The Democratic Party is already considering the possibility of a virtual convention because of the pandemic.

Governor Tony Evers (D-Wisconsin) says he thinks that's the smartest way to go, without ruling out the possibility of an in-person event.

"But if there are ways, and I've talked to some of the leadership, if there's ways that they could guarantee that every delegate that's coming in is COVID-19 free -- and there's ways to do that -- they'd certainly have to limit the numbers, I think it could happen. But it's just my observation that it could end up being a virtual event," Evers told WKOW Capitol Bureau Chief Emilee Fannon.

Right now, the Republican Party is still planning an in-person convention in Charlotte. The chair of the Republican National Convention told WISN-TV they can't do a virtual one.

"We have to have some form of an in-person convention," RNC chair Ronna McDaniel said. "Right now, we are very hopeful we'll be able to have that in August. But of course, we will always put the safety of attendees first."

City officials in Charlotte say they are talking with their counterparts in Milwaukee to exchange ideas on how both cities can put on safe and secure events.

The DNC is scheduled for the week of August 17. The RNC is the week after that.

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