The Republican National Committee announced Friday that its 2024 national convention, where the party’s presidential nominee will be officially named, will be held in Milwaukee.
“The RNC has voted unanimously to select Milwaukee as the host city for the 2024 Republican National Convention,” said RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel. was announced in a tweet. “Milwaukee is a world-class city, and we look forward to seeing it shine in the spotlight in 2024.”
Milwaukee, in the swing state of Wisconsin, was the favorite to host the event, given Nashville’s refusal to accept an agreement to host the conference. There was broad bipartisan support for holding the event in Milwaukee, which was chosen to host the 2020 Democratic convention that.
The city used its preparations for that convention to argue to Republicans that it had a “turnkey” operation ready to host in 2024. Milwaukee was the choice of the RNC site selection committee in July.
The Republican National Committee announced its decision on the final day of its summer meeting in Chicago.
Nashville’s bid hit a snag after Mayor John Cooper and others raised concerns about safety, the financial trade-off of having to close most of the busy downtown except for convention activity, and the implications of sequestering resources of the city for the event.
The Nashville Common Council on Tuesday rejected a draft agreement to host the convention, which appeared to end the city’s chances.
It was a different story in Milwaukee, where leaders in the Democratic stronghold joined with Republican power brokers, including former RNC chairman Reince Priebus, to make the pitch to host the convention. Priebus, former White House chief of staff under former President Donald Trump and Wisconsin state GOP chairman, is leading the local committee for the convention.
Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016, but lost to President Joe Biden by nearly the same margin in 2020.
Wisconsin could determine who wins in 2024, while Tennessee hasn’t endorsed a Democrat for president since 1996. But Milwaukee’s choice is in line with recent Republican convention picks. For two decades, Republicans have placed convention candidates in swing states – North Carolina, Ohio and Florida.