CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Charlotte is set to host the Republican National Convention in 2020, pending a final vote Friday.
Michael J. McDonald, State Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, tweeted out congratulations to Charlotte city leaders Wednesday afternoon.
City leaders headed to Austin, Texas on Thursday ahead of the big decision.
From the streets to Charlotte City Council chambers, everyone has an opinion on whether the Queen City should host President Trump in 2020.
The city council voted 6-5 this week in favor of welcoming the 2020 Republican Convention. Members within Charlotte City Council were at odds with each other.
"You see, I don't really see him as a Republican. I see him as a human avatar of white supremacy."
"I would far prefer to pursue that goal, than resign myself to the idea that those with whom I disagree are inherently evil, and incapable of compromise."
But the decision ultimately came down to money. The Democratic Convention in 2012 brought in $163 million to the city's restaurants, hotels and other businesses. The thought is the 2020 convention would be similar.
"My role is not to talk about whether or not security, and I'm not an expert in that, we certainly heard the chief of police say that he was comfortable, that they had managed the event in 2012 well, studied what happened in 2016 in Cleveland, and is comfortable that they can maintain an environment that is safe."
The other side of the money is the cost of hosting the event. The city is expected to get a $50 million federal grant for security. The city attorney says other costs would be paid for by the committee and not the taxpayers.