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Milwaukee ups the ante in bid for Republican National Convention | State News

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Common Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a move that could bring the city closer to winning the right to host the 2024 Republican National Convention.

Milwaukee and Nashville are the latest contenders for the convention that could attract tens of thousands of visitors. The winner could be announced by the end of this month, according to local officials.

The agreement between Milwaukee officials, the Republican National Committee and the local organizing committee outlines things like road closures for the event and security requirements, among others.

The local organizing committee, led by former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, must raise the necessary funds to stage the event, including a financial guarantee to cover any shortfalls.

The city is expected to apply for a $50 million security grant from the federal government.

“We have reached an important milestone in our work to win this convention,” Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson said in a statement.

It would be the second major political convention this decade for Milwaukee, which hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2020.

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