“Milwaukee is a world-class city, and we are eager to see it shine in the spotlight come 2024,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote on Twitter after an RNC committee vote on Friday.
Nashville, Tennessee, was the other city that was being considered to host the 2024 RNC convention. Tennessee, meanwhile, has not backed a Democrat since 1996 during the presidential elections. For years now, the GOP has placed its nominating convention in swing states.
Democrats haven’t announced yet where their 2024 convention will take place. Officials in the party have suggested changing its primary calendar to replace Iowa and New Hampshire as the first two states in their nominating process.
Democrats planned to host their 2020 convention in Milwaukee, a city that has long been dominated by Democrats, but they decided to hold their event virtually amid COVID-19 rules. However, Wisconsin is considered a key swing state—officially decided by 20,000 votes during the 2020 presidential election.
“We recognize that there’s a history there, that voters are very in tune. Retail is key to winning the nomination in both of those states… we are very proud to have kept our calendar the same,” McDaniel told Fox News Friday. “I hope that people in those states recognize that the Democrats just walked away from their states.”
The mayor of Milwaukee as well as business leaders hailed the move.
“Milwaukee welcomes the 2024 Republican National Convention. My city is ready to show the world what a great destination we are for conventions and tourism,” Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, a Democrat, said in a statement after the RNC’s announcement. “We look forward to the positive economic impact of the Presidential nomination
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