Republicans Announce Site of National Convention in 2024

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MADISON, Wisconsin (TBEN) — Republicans will announce Friday whether the 2024 national convention, which will officially name the party’s presidential candidate, will be held in Milwaukee or Nashville.

Milwaukee, in the state of Wisconsin, is the favorite to get the event, given Nashville’s refusal to accept an agreement to host the convention. There was widespread bipartisan support for holding the event in Milwaukee, which was selected to host the 2020 Democratic Convention, which had to be moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Milwaukee used preparations for that convention to argue to Republicans that it had a “turnkey” operation ready to actually host in 2024. Milwaukee was the pick of the RNC’s site selection committee in July.

The Republican National Committee will announce its decision on the last day of its summer meeting in Chicago.

Nashville’s bid met a roadblock after Mayor John Cooper and others expressed concerns about safety, the economic trade-off of having to close the bustling downtown area mostly except for convention activities, and the implications of tying up city resources for the event.

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The Nashville City Council on Tuesday rejected a draft agreement to host the convention, seemingly ending that city’s chances.

It was a different story in Milwaukee, where leaders in the Democratic stronghold gathered with Republican power brokers, including former RNC chairman Reince Priebus, to set the stage to host the convention. Priebus, a former White House chief of staff under former President Donald Trump and the chairman of the Wisconsin GOP, heads the local committee for the convention.

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Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016, but lost by an almost identical margin to President Joe Biden in 2020.

Wisconsin could determine who wins in 2024, while Tennessee has not supported a Democrat for president since 1996. But choosing Milwaukee is in line with recent Republican choices for the convention. For two decades, Republicans have placed their nominating convention in the swing states – North Carolina, Ohio and Florida.

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