Houston officials have canceled next week’s Republican state convention, which was to be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Mayor Sylvester Turner asked Houston First, the nonprofit manager of the convention center, to cancel the convention after David Pearse, the city’s top medical authority, said the convention was a “clear and present danger” to public health.

“After allowing tens of thousands of protestors to peaceably assemble in the same city, in the same area, without any of the safety precautions and measures we have taken, [Turner] is seeking to deny a political party’s critical electoral function that should be equally protected under the Constitution,” said State Chairman James Dickey in a statement. “Our legal team is assessing the ability of the city to act at this time in this manner and weighing our legal options. We are prepared to take all necessary steps to proceed in the peaceable exercise of our constitutionally protected rights.”

Early voting continues through Friday for the July 14 primary runoff and special elections.

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