RNC to name Milwaukee as host city for 2024 GOP convention

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On Friday, the Republican National Committee will officially name Milwaukee as the host city for the GOP’s 2024 presidential nominating convention.

Voting for the 168-member RNC committee will take place as the party’s national committee holds the final session of its annual summer meeting, which is being held in Chicago this year.

“We’re very excited about Milwaukee,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said in a Fox News Digital interview on the eve of the vote.

Milwaukee and Nashville, Tennessee were the final two cities among a large slate that were initially vying to host the 2024 Republican National Convention. However, Tennessee’s capital fell out of favor Tuesday night as Nashville’s Metro Council rejected a draft agreement to host the convention.


Milwaukee officials show off a mock-up of the 2024 GOP Presidential Nominating Convention. The Republican National Committee on Friday, August 5, 2022, will officially nominate Milwaukee as the 2024 host city.
(RNC/Milwuakee 2024 Host Committee)

Milwaukee approved its draft resolution in June, and two weeks ago the Republican National Committee (RNC) site selection committee — which oversees planning for the 2024 convention — recommended Milwaukee over Nashville.

Both national parties often hold their presidential nomination conventions in states with competitive general elections. While Tennessee is a reliable red state in presidential contests, Wisconsin is a key battleground.

“It’s a purple state,” McDaniel said of Wisconsin. “These are exactly the voters we’re trying to bring into our party, and they’ve done such a great job. We’re not only thrilled to elect our future president from Milwaukee as a Republican, but we’re thrilled to show a wonderful city and a wonderful state.”

Democratic National Committee officials continue to tour cities in hopes of hosting the Democratic presidential nominating convention in 2024. The DNC may announce its pick at its annual summer meeting in early September.


In April, full members of the RNC voted unanimously to make no changes to their 2024 presidential nomination timeline, keeping Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada as their first four states to vote.

The DNC is upending its nominating schedule, with the likelihood that Iowa — and possibly New Hampshire — will lose their cherished top spots. Republicans in both states used the DNC’s ruling as ammunition against Democrats seeking re-election in November in hotly contested showdowns.

Iowa Caucuses exhibit at the Iowa State Historical Museum, Jan. 15, 2020.

Iowa Caucuses exhibit at the Iowa State Historical Museum, Jan. 15, 2020.

Asked if the DNC’s decision could hurt Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire, which is a crucial general election battleground state, McDaniel told Fox News “we recognize that there is has a history there, that the voters are very much in sync. Retail is key to winning the nomination in these two states… we are very proud to have kept our calendar. I hope the people of these States will recognize that Democrats have just left their states.

While the 2024 election is on the agenda of the RNC meeting, November’s midterm elections are at the forefront of many’s minds.

Democrats face historic headwinds as the party that wins the White House and control of Congress traditionally suffers major setbacks in the House and Senate in the ensuing midterm elections. They also face a very unfavorable political climate, fueled by record inflation and soaring crime, and symbolized by President Biden’s deeply negative approval ratings.

McDaniel said the RNC committee members are “very confident, very excited, even more when we look at the candidates we have…as we come out of these primaries and really come together to prepare to win in November.”


However, highlighting the issues of gun violence, following a series of high-profile mass shootings in recent months, and abortion following the Supreme Court’s conservative majority decision to overturn the landmark case Roe v. Wade, who sent on the issue of abortion regulation in the United States. Democrats see an energized electorate that will help them defy the current expectations of political forecasters.

Signs for and against the Kansas Abortion Constitutional Amendment are displayed outside Kansas Highway 10 August 1, 2022 in Lenexa, Kansas.

Signs for and against the Kansas Abortion Constitutional Amendment are displayed outside Kansas Highway 10 August 1, 2022 in Lenexa, Kansas.
(Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Democrats were further energized by Tuesday’s resounding victory in Kansas by pro-choice activists – in the first ballot box test on legalized abortion since the blockbuster High Court ruling.


Asked about the Democrats’ full court press to capitalize on the midterm abortion issue, McDaniel said “Democrats have a problem with inflation, with gas prices, with formula missing, with an open border, with the drug crisis. I know they want to make a big deal out of it, but Americans every day, when they go to the grocery store, when they go to the gas pump, realize what Democratic politicians are doing to their wallets, and wallet issues are going to be number one in November.”

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