Republicans will formally nominate their 2024 presidential candidate in Milwaukee, GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced Friday, with the party tapping the largest city in the critical swing state of Wisconsin to host its next convention.
The Republican National Committee unanimously approved Milwaukee as the 2024 convention host site, according to McDaniel.
Milwaukee seemed essentially a shoo-in to land the convention after the city council of Nashville, Tennessee, rejected a draft agreement with GOP officials, which is required to obtain federal security grants for the event.
A Republican selection committee recommended Milwaukee’s bid last month, which has bipartisan support from city stakeholders including Mayor Cavalier Johnson (D).
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The convention’s dates have not been set, but it is expected to come before the Democratic convention. The party of the sitting president typically hosts its convention last. Democrats have not selected a host city yet.
Winning Wisconsin will be one of the top priorities for the GOP in 2024, as it’s one of five states that flipped blue in the 2020 presidential election after former President Donald Trump narrowly carried it in 2016. Modern conventions largely serve as party showcases featuring prominent speakers headlined by the party’s presidential nominee, in stark contrast with earlier eras of American politics when conventions often involved drawn-out nomination battles and factional infighting among party members.
Milwaukee was the official host city for the 2020 Democratic Convention, but essentially all in-person events were scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. President Joe Biden gave his acceptance speech in his home state of Delaware.