6:26 p.m.: we’re signing off, but the convention is being live-streamed here:

NCGOP Virtual Convention

Join us for our first Virtual NCGOP Convention!

Posted by North Carolina Republican Party on Friday, July 10, 2020

6:20 p.m.: N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby, who is running for Chief Justice, addresses the convention:

6:18 p.m.: The alternate elector slate has been approved.

6:06 p.m.: the elector slate was approved; now voting on alternate electors. The slate is comprised of Kathryn Lawler and Brenda Rembert.

6:01 p.m.: Lt. Governor candidate Mark Robinson to delegates: “It is time for Republicans and conservatives to stand up and fight…. we’ve got to stand firm for the Second Amendment. This election is an absolute referendum between freedom and tyranny.”

5:58 p.m.: Chairman Whatley: “There is no map that gets President Trump re-elected that does not come through North Carolina.”

5:54 p.m.: Secretary of State candidate E.C. Sykes addresses delegates:

5:51 p.m.: John Steward announces that the committee’s nominees for two at-large elector slots are NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley and former Vice Chairwoman Michelle Nix.

5:30 p.m.: Congressman Ted Budd addresses delegates:

5:27 p.m.: Chairman Whatley announces that Kyshia Lineberger has been elected NCGOP National Committeewoman.

5:23 p.m.: N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore addresses delegates from the passenger seat of his vehicle:

5:19 p.m.: Civil Rights icon Clarence Henderson, the current president of the N.C. Chapter of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, tells delegates we are at a crossroads in terms of our freedom in this country, and we have to work together to protect it (paraphrased).

5:15 p.m.: Congressman George Holding: “As you can see, I haven’t had a haircut since February.”

5:09 p.m.: NCGOP Vice Chairman Miriam Chu honors Republican activists who passed away in the past year:

5:06 p.m.: Congressman Richard Hudson addresses delegates:

5:00 p.m.: Delegate selection committee chair John Steward to delegates: “Do not try to adjust your phone or your screen. This coat is real.”

4:59 p.m.: Congressman Patrick McHenry addresses delegates:

4:57 p.m.: Former Governor Pat McCrory tells delegates: “I’m not done. I’m not finished.”

4:53 p.m.: Former Governor Pat McCrory tells delegates he’s feeling great, has lots of energy and is ready to “elect some great candidates” this year.

4:48 p.m.: Congressman David Rouzer addresses convention delegates:

4:41 p.m.: District Court Judge Fred Gore, who is running for N.C. Court of Appeals, addresses convention delegates:

4:35 p.m.: National Committeewoman candidate Kyshia Lineberger addressing delegates:

4:30 p.m.: National Committeewoman candidate Kim Cotten-West addressing delegates:

4:18 p.m.: Retiring NCGOP National Committeewoman Dr. Ada Fisher addresses delegates:

4:15 p.m.: Chairman Whatley announces that Ed Broyhill was elected NCGOP National Committeeman in a 772-42 vote.

4:11 p.m.: Congressman Dan Bishop addressing delegates:

3:57 p.m.: N.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger addresses delegates:

3:51 p.m.: Pat Smith, President of the N.C. Federation of Republican Women, speaks to the convention:

3:40 p.m.: Ed Broyhill of Forsyth County, who is running unopposed for National Committeeman, addresses delegates:

3:35 p.m.: next order of business is the election of National Committeeman. Chairman Whatley thanks retiring committeeman Rep. Mark Brody; Rep. Brody addresses delegates.

3:32 p.m.: Resolutions package are adopted.

3:30 p.m.: State Treasurer Dale Folwell addressing delegates:

3:22 p.m.: Court of Appeals candidate Jeff Carpenter addresses delegates:

3:15 p.m.: Congresswoman Virginia Foxx speaks to delegates:

3:06 p.m.: 4th District Congressional nominee Robert Thomas addresses delegates:

2:59 p.m.: Resolutions Committee chair Phillip Stephens of Robeson County delivers his committee report:

2:55 p.m.: Chairman Whatley describes the challenging logistics involved in unexpectedly hosting a completely virtual convention that, as of three weeks ago, still had an in-person component.

2:48 p.m.: Chairman Whatley announces that the NCGOP Platform has been adopted in a 743-18 vote.

2:45 p.m.: NC Court of Appeals Judge Chris Dillon addresses delegates.

2:38 p.m.: N.C. Federation of College Republicans Chair Juan Pleitez addresses delegates.

2:33 p.m.: 6th District Congressional nominee Lee Haywood addressing delegates:

2:27 p.m.: Congressman Mark Walker addresses delegates:

2:18 p.m.: the NCGOP Plan of Organization is adopted by a vote of 749-19.

2:10 p.m.: Jim O’Neill, the Republican nominee for Attorney General, addresses delegates.

2:05 p.m.: N.C. Federation of Young Republicans Chair Catherine Whiteford tells delegates that her organization has grown from 8 chapters to 26 chapters covering over half of the state’s 100 counties in the past year:

1:55 p.m.: Superintendent candidate Catherine Truitt addresses delegates:

1:48 p.m.: NCGOP Rules passed by a vote of 767-13, agenda adopted by a vote of 774-8.

1:43 p.m.: 2nd District Congressional nominee Alan Swain speaks to delegates:

1:35 p.m.: Commissioner of Insurance Mike Causey addresses delegates:

1:32 p.m.: Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler discusses the importance of agriculture to North Carolina’s economy:

1:28 p.m.: N.C. Teenage Republicans Chair Josh Frazier addresses delegates:

1:20 p.m.: Rules Chairman Mark Edwards describes how this year’s rules differ from prior years due to the virtual format:

1:22 p.m.: NCGOP Credentials Report passes by a 756-1 vote.

1:17 p.m.: First Congressional District candidate Sandy Smith addresses attendees:

1:14 p.m.: Labor Commissioner candidate Josh Dobson addressed attendees.

1:05 p.m.: Congressman Greg Murphy, a medical doctor, tells delegates that he has studied COVID-19, and that it’s time to re-open our economy and that “there is no reason” not to open schools this Fall.

Congressman Greg Murphy
Credentials Chair DeVan Barbour delivers the credentials report.

12:48 p.m.: Whatley discusses security of online voting system, says “your delegate ID is your voter ID.”

12:45 p.m.: RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says, “To keep America great, we must keep North Carolina red.”

12:41 p.m. — Whatley emphasizes the importance of Council of State, Judicial, legislative, local races in 2020.

12:37 p.m. — Whatley discusses the importance of North Carolina in the Presidential race, says that Thom Tillis’ re-election campaign is the number one U.S. Senate race in the nation and that North Carolina also has the number one Governor’s race in the nation.

12:30 p.m. — Chairman Michael Whatley has called the convention to order. He offered tongue-in-cheek thanks to Governor Roy Cooper for the “opportunity” to have a virtual convention. The convention opened with an invocation, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem.

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