Republicans pick Milwaukee to host 2024 national convention

The skyline of Milwaukee, along Lake Michigan, is pictured on Feb. 8, 2019. Republicans announced Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, that the 2024 national convention, where the party's presidential nominee will be officially named, will be held in Milwaukee . (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans on Friday unanimously chose Milwaukee in swing state Wisconsin for the 2024 national convention, a win for the city on the shores of Lake Michigan after its hosting of the Democratic convention in 2020 was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision in favor of Milwaukee over Nashville, announced at the Republican National Committee's summer meeting in Chicago, was anti-climactic after Nashville essentially took itself out of the running when the city council on Tuesday rejected a draft agreement for hosting the event. That came after Democratic opposition sunk that city's chances and the RNC's site selection committee picked Milwaukee last month.

Milwaukee's Democratic mayor, Cavalier Johnson, joined with Reince Priebus, a former chief of staff to then-President Donald Trump, to praise the decision after it was announced in Chicago.