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With Nashville out, Republicans vote unanimously to hold 2024 convention in Milwaukee

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 8/5/2022 Adam Friedman and Cassandra Stephenson, Nashville Tennessean

Republicans unanimously chose Milwaukee as the host site for their 2024 national convention Friday. 

The Republican National Committee is hosting its annual meeting in Chicago this week, where the party made its final decision.

Milwaukee is the only city with an approved draft agreement with GOP's national committee after Nashville's Metro Council voted down a deal earlier this week. 

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In July, a GOP site selection committee recommended Milwaukee as the host location.

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Nashville and Milwaukee were considered the two finalists for the convention heading into the summer. 

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Republican state lawmakers and Gov. Bill Lee strongly advocated for Nashville to host the convention, but failed to secure local buy-in from the city's Democratic-leaning Metro Council.

The council's approval was necessary for a draft agreement, something needed to access federal security grant funds.

The Milwaukee Common Council unanimously approved their draft agreement to host the convention despite early opposition.

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Milwaukee, located in the swing state of Wisconsin, was supposed to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but the coronavirus pandemic canceled it. 

Bill Glauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel contributed to this report. 

Adam Friedman is The Tennessean’s state government and politics reporter. Reach him by email at afriedman@tennessean.com.

Cassandra Stephenson covers Metro government for The Tennessean. Reach her at ckstephenson@tennessean.com. Follow Cassandra on Twitter at @CStephenson731.

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