Nashville not giving up on 2024 RNC, but history favors Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Republican National Committee spokesperson says Nashville "still does have the opportunity" to win the 2024 GOP convention, but also admits that Milwaukee losing it would be unprecedented.

On Friday, July 15, the Republican National Convention's site selection committee voted to recommend Milwaukee to host the 2024 Republican National Convention (RNC). The full Republican National Committee of 168 delegates will vote on the official site when they meet in Chicago Aug. 2-5.

According to WTVF in Nashville, some city leaders are mounting a last-ditch effort to win the convention and have the support of state officials.

"This is not a final decision," Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally said Friday night. "Hosting a national political convention in Nashville is a great opportunity for our state. I am hopeful the RNC will delay its final decision and that Metro Council approves the convention deal on Aug. 2."

A convention deal has been in place in Milwaukee for weeks. The Common Council passed the final framework agreement June 1 by unanimous vote, which Dennard says will count when the full committee votes.

"That's one of the things that was really impressive, we know that Milwaukee has Democrats there, we know that there is Republicans there. But Democrats and Republicans came together and said 'let's have the convention here because it just makes sense,'" he said.

But in an interview with CBS 58 Monday, Republican National Committee spokesperson Paris Dennard said while the recommendation is not binding, the full committee has never gone against it.

"I do not recall a time in modern history where...the RNC's full body has not listened to what the site selection committee says," he said.

The convention will bring an estimated $200 million in economic impact to the host city and state.

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