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Nashville Places Bid to Host 2024 Republican National Convention at Governor Lee’s Request | WJHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Could the 2024 Republican National Convention be held in Nashville?

That’s what Republican leaders in the state are hoping for. Although a tall order, Music City executives have laid out plans to host the main nominating event.

Governor Bill Lee’s office has asked the city of Nashville to submit a proposal, and Democrats and Republicans support whether to run the state.

In a statement to News 2, the Nashville Convention and Vistors Corporation confirmed News 2’s plans, which were first reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

“We are bidding on both political party conventions for the 2024 election cycle at the request and with the support of the governor’s office. The primary role of the NCVC is to book convention business for Nashville without bias. We work daily with clients to book conventions and with people who want help recruiting meetings and events. It is not appropriate for the NCVC to choose which groups will meet in Nashville.

Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation

Fifty thousand people could descend on one of the fastest growing cities for the 2024 Republican National Convention.

“There are some great things about Nashville that we have always discussed is that the entertainment district is right below where the convention will be held, most of the hotel rooms needed would be within walking distance walk from the convention,” said Scott Golden, chairman of the Republican Party of Tennessee.

It would be the first time a major political party held a nominating convention in Nashville.

“We’ve always felt that Nashville is definitely capable of being one of those political cities that make history,” Golden said.

And there’s a rare bipartisan deal — the Tennessee Democratic Party agrees with the Republican convention taking place in the voluntary state.

“I think it’s important for Nashville and for Tennessee although we disagree with a lot of the politics of the Republican Party – I think it’s great for our citizens to have the opportunity to experience a national convention,” said Hendrell Remus, chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

There are two sticking points according to the experts.

“There are two approaches, one is what would be the political impact, what would be the economic impact, and what is the primary motivation right now,” said Dr. John R. Vile, Dean of MTSU Honors College.

But Nashville being the venue for the convention could come with a few roadblocks.

“There are two ways to look at it, one is to hold it in a state like Tennessee that almost always votes nationally for a Republican and gets a lot of people excited, but the other strategy that could play against us is saying although the key states in the last two have been the rust belt, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, maybe it would be better to have one there,” said Vile.

Leaders hope to get a green light in the summer of 2022, when the RNC meets to select a location.

The event will have a cost – much of which will have to be raised privately.