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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on Friday unanimously chose Milwaukee in swing state Wisconsin to host the 2024 national convention, beating out Nashville in deep-red Tennessee.

The decision in favor of Milwaukee was announced at the Republican National Committee’s summer meeting in Chicago, follows months of wrangling by Wisconsin and Tennessee to land the convention where the party’s next presidential candidate will be officially nominated.

Ronna McDaniel, chair of the RNC, announced the long-anticipated decision on Twitter, saying the vote was unanimous.

“Milwaukee is a world-class city, and we are eager to see it shine in the spotlight come 2024,” she tweeted.

I am excited to announce that the RNC has voted unanimously to select Milwaukee as the host city for the 2024 Republican National Convention!

Milwaukee is a world-class city, and we are eager to see it shine in the spotlight come 2024.

— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 5, 2022

The decision was all-but sealed after opposition in Nashville lead to that city’s council on Tuesday rejecting a draft agreement for hosting the event. And Milwaukee was the pick of the RNC’s site selection committee in July, making Friday’s announcement largely a formality.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper and others expressed concerns about security, the economic trade-off of having to mostly shut down the bustling downtown except for convention activity as well as the implications of tying up city resources for the event.

Milwaukee, a Democratic stronghold, was selected to host the 2020 Democratic National Committee convention, but that moved almost entirely online due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Joe Biden accepted the nomination in Delaware, not Milwaukee. 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.

City leaders in Milwaukee joined together with Republican power brokers, including former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, to make the pitch for hosting the 2024 Republican convention. Priebus, a former White House chief of staff under former President Donald Trump and Wisconsin state GOP chairman, leads the local committee for the convention.

Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016, but lost to Biden by a nearly identical margin in 2020.

Wisconsin could determine who wins in 2024, while Tennessee has not backed a Democrat for president since 1996. But choosing Milwaukee is in line with recent Republican choices for the convention. For two decades, Republicans have placed their nominating convention in swing states — North Carolina, Ohio and Florida.

Wisconsin Republican Party Chair Paul Farrow, who was in Chicago for the RNC meeting, said having the convention come to Milwaukee will “energize our base even more to realize we’re a very important hinge in the entire country.” The winner in Wisconsin has been elected president the past four elections.

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It remains to be seen whether Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) will run for president in 2024 — which would make him a likely competitor against Donald Trump in the Republican primaries. In the meantime though, DeSantis will have a chance to boost his national profile as he reportedly prepares to rally support for Trump-endorsed political candidates around the country.

Fox News reports that DeSantis is teaming up with Turning Point USA to hold rallies with the goal to “unite” the Republican Party. The plan is for DeSantis to rally support for JD Vance in Ohio, Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania, and he’ll also be in Arizona to boost Blake Masters and Kari Lake.

TPUSA chief Charlie Kirk spoke to Fox News about the plan, predicting that DeSantis’ union with the four candidates will overturn the GOP order and “the cocktail party Republicans who seem to be good at one thing only — betraying their voters.”

“Gov. DeSantis is America’s governor and one of the most popular leaders in America. He has become the model for a new conservative movement that is willing to stand on principle and to actually fight on behalf of the values of his voters,” Kirk said. “DeSantis has the unique ability to unite conservatives around these candidates, and Turning Point Action is honored to host and organize these rallies on their behalf.”

Vance and Lake both welcomed DeSantis’ rallies in comments to Fox — with the latter saying “What Gov. DeSantis has done in Florida has been the gold standard of bold conservative governance in America…I’m excited to work with him when I’m governor, I’m honored to call him an ally and I can’t wait for him to join me in taking the message and vision of our ‘America First’ campaign out to the masses.”

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