Republican National Convention likely to visit Milwaukee in 2024 | local government

The 2024 Republican National Convention will likely travel to Milwaukee after a GOP site selection committee unanimously chose the city on Friday.

Before the 2024 plans are cemented, Milwaukee still needs final approval from the Republican National Committee, which will meet in Chicago during the first week of August.

“Today, the Site Selection Committee voted to recommend Milwaukee to host the 2024 Republican National Convention and this is a testament to the forthright and professional demeanor demonstrated by Milwaukee city leaders throughout the process,” said RNC senior adviser Richard Walters said in a statement. “A final decision will be made by Chair (Ronna) McDaniel and the entire RNC in the coming weeks.”

Milwaukee and Nashville had been chosen as finalists for the site of the 2024 convention, but the Tennessee city’s outlook darkened after a Nashville legislature withdrew legislation on a framework agreement for the convention.

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The entire Republican National Committee can still select Nashville to host the convention, but Milwaukee — with business and city leaders on board despite the city’s predominantly liberal makeup — seems much more likely to be selected.

Milwaukee has been chosen by Democrats to host their 2020 national convention, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced that meeting to take place almost entirely online. President Joe Biden accepted the nomination in Delaware, not Milwaukee.

But city leaders argued their preparations to host that convention put them in the best position to welcome Republicans to town in 2024. They called the city “turnkey” ready for the event.

The Wisconsin 2020 and preliminary 2024 selection highlights the value of the swing state for both parties.

“We are delighted that the site selection committee has recommended Milwaukee to host the 2024 National Convention,” Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Paul Farrow said in a statement. “The farmers, manufacturers and families of Badger State truly represent the heartland of America, and we are now one big step closer to showcasing all that Wisconsin has to offer.”

Leaders in the Democratic stronghold of Milwaukee have teamed up with Republican power brokers, including former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, to advocate for hosting the 2024 convention. Priebus, a former chief of staff of the White House under former President Donald Trump and chair of the Wisconsin state GOP, leads the local convention committee.

Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016 but lost to Biden by a similar margin in 2020.

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Wisconsin could determine who wins in 2024, while Tennessee hasn’t endorsed a Democrat for president since 1996. In the convention contest, history would seem to favor Milwaukee. For two decades, Republicans have placed their nominating convention in swing states – North Carolina, Ohio and Florida – although the 2004 convention was held in New York.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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