Milwaukee will host the 2024 Republican National Convention, committee chair Ronna McDaniel announced Friday.
“I am excited to announce that the RNC has voted unanimously to select Milwaukee as the host city for the 2024 Republican National Convention!” McDaniel tweeted. “Milwaukee is a world-class city and we can’t wait to see it shine in the spotlight in 2024.”
milwaukee was recommended by a Republican Party site selection panel in mid-July and formally chosen as the host city during the RNC’s August meeting this week in Chicago. Milwaukee and Nashville were proposed as host cities, but Tennessee’s capital lost after two city council members withdrew the draft agreement to host the convention from the council’s agenda at the last minute.
The GOP’s election of Wisconsin puts the party’s nominating convention in a key battleground state. Former President Donald Trump won the state in 2016 but lost it to President Joe Biden in 2020 by less than a percentage point.
The Democratic National Committee also selected Milwaukee to hold its convention in 2020, although it was a largely virtual format due to restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
McDaniel he told Fox News on the eve of the RNC vote that Wisconsin’s position as a pioneer state was a factor in the RNC’s consideration to host its presidential nominating convention.
“It’s a purple state,” McDaniel told Fox. “It’s exactly the voters that we’re trying to get into our party, and they’ve done a great job. We’re excited to not only elect our future president from Milwaukee as a Republican, but also to show a wonderful city and a wonderful state.