Milwaukee’s coronation as the host city for the 2024 Republican National Convention was nearly pre-ordained from the time the selection committee visited earlier this year, the Republican National Committee’s senior adviser said in an interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Richard Walters said a tour of Milwaukee attractions as well as meetings with business, community and political leaders made a very positive impression on the site selection committee, which in July recommended Milwaukee to host the convention. The full Republican National Committee affirmed the decision during an Aug. 5 meeting in Chicago and chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced the news.

Walters, during an interview after the announcement from the JW Marriott, cited the bipartisan support for Milwaukee’s bid including Democrats Gov. Tony Evers and Mayor Cavalier Johnson. Walters said the Milwaukee team clearly benefited from its experience with hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2020, which ultimately was downsized to a virtual gathering.

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