The 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

A majority of Jacksonville, Fla., voters do not support the GOP's move to hold the main portions of its national convention in their city this summer, per a University of North Florida poll released Wednesday.

By the numbers: 58% of voters oppose the move, while 42% support it. 71% of respondents expressed concerns about the event helping to spread coronavirus, while 61% indicated they worried the convention could bring "protests and social unrest."

  • While there was an expected partisan divide — 90% of Democrats opposed the move, compared to just 19% of Republicans — it's worth noting that 62% of independents were not in favor.

The big picture: Florida passed 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases earlier this week, as the state combats a sharp spike in cases.

The state of play: President Trump and the RNC relocated the public portions of the event, like President Trump's nominating speech, to Jacksonville from Charlotte, after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said he would require the convention to be downsized due to COVID-19.

  • The event is expected to draw around 50,000 people.

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Republican Party of Texas sues Houston mayor for cancelling GOP state convention

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in September. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) Wednesday called off the Texas Republican Party's in-person convention set for next week because of a statewide spike in coronavirus cases.

Driving the news: The Republican Party of Texas filed a lawsuit against Turner and the city of Houston on Thursday for a breach of contract and asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent the city from restricting convention center events.

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Data: Covid Tracking Project; Chart: Axios Visuals

Florida reported 15,299 confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday — a new single-day record for any state, according to its health department.

The big picture: The figure shatters both Florida's previous record of 11,458 new cases and the single-state record of 11,694 set by California last week, according to AP. It also surpasses New York's daily peak of 11,571 new cases in April, and comes just a day after Disney World reopened in Orlando.