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Milwaukee will host the 2024 GOP convention after Nashville pulls out

Written by Javed Iqbal

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The Republican National Committee has officially tapped Milwaukee to host the party’s 2024 national convention, where delegates from states and territories will officially select the GOP’s next nominees for president and vice president.

“Milwaukee is a world-class city, and we’re eager to see it shine in the spotlight in 2024,” said RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel. “I look forward to working with the members of the Republican National Committee, Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, the Milwaukee Host Committee and Visit Milwaukee to deliver an incredible convention for our party and nominate the next President of the United States.”

Milwaukee was the last candidate city to stand up after the Nashville City Council rejected a draft deal to host the event on Tuesday. However, the RNC’s site committee had already recommended last month that Milwaukee should be the choice.

The election marks a return to the Midwest for the GOP’s quadrennial extravaganza. The Republican Party has held 14 presidential nominating conventions in Chicago since its first election in 1856. Since the last Republican convention in Chicago in 1960, the party has chosen Kansas City (1976), Detroit (1980), Saint Paul, Minn. (2008) and Cleveland (2016) as notable convention sites.

Milwaukee was set to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but the COVID-19 pandemic intervened and forced all events to be held virtually. The city used its preparations for that convention to argue to Republicans that it had a “turnkey” operation ready to host for real in 2024.

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Milwaukee was originally scheduled to host the DNC in 2020, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“Milwaukee welcomes the 2024 Republican National Convention. My city is ready to show the world what a great convention and tourism destination we are,” said Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson. “We look forward to the positive economic impact of the presidential nominating convention, and as the host city, I am confident that all participants will find Milwaukee an excellent location for the event.”

Like most big cities, Milwaukee leans heavily Democratic. In the 2020 presidential electionMilwaukee County residents backed President Biden over Donald Trump by 40 percentage points, helping the Democrat to a narrow victory in the Badger State after Trump’s 2016 swing.

The winner of Wisconsin has been elected president the last four elections.

“My position, and I think most Democrats understand this, is that this is not a political decision, it’s a business decision,” Johnson told CNN. “It’s going to give us an opportunity to get millions of dollars in economic impact … for us to fill our restaurants, our bars, our hotels and to support our hospitality industry, which of course has been hit by COVID over the last few days . years.”

The Democratic Party has not yet announced where it will hold its 2024 convention, but Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and New York have all submitted bids.

With Post wires

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