The Republican National Committee will hold its 2024 convention in Milwaukee, party chairwoman Rona McDaniel announced Friday.
Republicans will head to the biggest city in America’s quintessential battleground state four years after Democrats were forced to cancel their own convention in Milwaukee because of the pandemic.
“Milwaukee is a world-class city, and we look forward to seeing it shine in the spotlight in 2024.” said Mrs. McDaniel.
Milwaukee was chosen by unanimous vote. The other finalist, Nashville, was confused by local politics after the City Council there appeared wary about hosting the large gathering of Republicans.
There was no such hesitation in Milwaukee, an overwhelmingly Democratic city. Mayor Cavalier Johnson, a Democrat, has been a staunch supporter of the economic and political benefits of holding such a large gathering in the city, and the downtown basketball arena likely to host the gathering is controlled by major Democratic donors.
The conference is expected to take place in July or August 2024.
Even before Friday’s announcement, Wisconsin Republicans were touting the convention as a springboard for electing a Republican president in 2024.
“We’re going to put on such a show in 2024 at the RNC that Wisconsinites will be so hungry for new leadership in the White House that they’ll vote overwhelmingly for our Republican nominee,” said the former lieutenant governor. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who is running for governor, said during a campaign stop this week in Sheboygan, Wis.