One of the largest political gatherings in the world—the Republican Party of Texas’ state convention—could be pushed back due to concerns from the Wuhan coronavirus, according to Chairman James Dickey.

On a conference call with Republicans across the state on Monday evening, Dickey said he was “pleased to announce that the George R. Brown Convention Center [in Houston] will host our convention from July 13-18.”

The convention, which is expected to have thousands of delegates and participants in attendance, was originally scheduled to take place from May 14-16. 

It will be up to the State Republican Executive Committee to approve any change to that schedule, which they could do at an emergency meeting scheduled for April 4.

Meanwhile, county parties are being encouraged to postpone their conventions as well, many of which were scheduled for this Saturday.

Dickey says county GOP chairs are “strongly encouraged” to reschedule those meetings for April.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens