Charlotte City council members vote 6-5 to continue a bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention at a meeting in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

By a 1-vote margin, city leaders OK bid for GOP convention

July 16, 2018 - 11:32 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The vote was close, but city leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, have agreed to make a bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.

After a public discussion period Monday with more than 100 speakers and nearly one hour of debate among themselves, the Charlotte City Council voted 6-5 in favor of hosting the event.

Mayor Vi Lyles, Charlotte's first black female mayor, had led efforts to secure the convention, despite critics who decried the attempt because of President Donald Trump's statements denigrating minorities, Muslims, women and the LGBTQ population.

Charlotte, North Carolina's largest city, has been considered a front-runner for the convention.