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Republicans and Democrats consider Milwaukee to host 2024 National Convention

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) – All eyes are on Milwaukee as the Democratic and Republican National Committees are now showing interest in hosting a convention in Cream City.

This week, VISIT Milwaukee received an official request from the Republican National Committee encouraging them to submit an offer to host the 2024 convention.

“It’s amazing, that says Milwaukee is capable of handling events of this size,” said Claire Koenig, spokesperson for VISIT Milwaukee.

It comes just weeks after Mayor Tom Barrett pushed the Democratic National Committee to indicate the city is interested in hosting again.

Whichever political party you support, lawmakers and city officials are delighted that both parties are showing interest.

“I think that would be amazing, let’s bring them both over, that’s fine with me,” State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) said. “If they come, it doesn’t matter whether they’re R or D, they’re going to have a great time.”

The president of the Wisconsin Republican Party is also thrilled with the chance to host.

“If Milwaukee is selected, the Republicans of Wisconsin would be honored to welcome the RNC to the birthplace of the Republican Party,” said Paul Farrow, chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party.

It’s an opportunity that could bring tens of thousands of visitors to Milwaukee and the surrounding cities, which also means a lot of money for the city.

“Any event like this that has a big economic impact, a big amount of media spotlight, is something that is going to get us excited,” Koenig said.

While the event is still in the years, this could be the perfect time for Milwaukee to present the $ 420 million project to expand the convention center. Interest also comes from the Milwaukee Bucks’ victory in the NBA Championship and other successful events like Summerfest and State Fair, Koenig said.

Mike Wagner, professor of political science at UW-Madison, said Milwaukee is a key choice for both sides as Wisconsin continues to prove it is a battleground state.

“When the contest is as close as it has been in the Wisconsin presidential and governorate elections, it makes sense for political parties to try to signal the importance of the state in strengthening voting operations in the State, ”Wagner said.

Reports show that the RNC has sent inquiries to about three dozen cities to see if they are interested in accommodation.