As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the country and unemployment rates skyrocket, leaders from both parties are worried about how they will be able to fund their conventions. In an average year, hosting a major party convention can cost tens of millions. Some Democratic Party leaders have expressed concern about the economic impact of hosting a convention in August. Though DNC members were pleased the committee postponed its national convention to the week of August 17, some party leaders are voicing uncertainty about the likelihood of an in-person gathering.”Even when we’re not in the midst of a public health and economic crisis, it’s an expensive undertaking to go to a national convention,” said North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen. “And so, that strain is just even larger in the circumstances.” “When you’re trying to keep the lights on, keep gas in the car, pay for medical bills if you have those, get food for your family, this [convention] becomes a discretionary expense and falls to the bottom of the list,” said North Carolina DNC member Shelia Huggins. “People generally pay their own way and so you’re talking about now, the ability of people to pay their


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