National convention

Salt Lake City drops bid to host in 2024

Dennis Petersen (left) and Bruce Hough cast their ballots during the first ballot at the 2011 Republican State Convention on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the South Towne Exposition Center. Photo credit: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News.


SALT LAKE CITY — The Republican Party and Salt Lake City business leaders have withdrawn their bid to host the Republican National Convention in 2024.

Bruce Hough, a member of the Republican National Committee, told KSL NewsRadio that the deadlines for making arrangements had become too tight, particularly after the party changed the date of the convention from August to July.

“We have informed the RNC that we will be withdrawing our offer,” he said. “The facilities we were hoping to use, the timeline is short, it’s only two years away.”

Still, Hough thinks Salt Lake City is in a good position to make another bid to host the convention in 2028.

“We are going to be one of the main contenders because we have already gone through the process. Unfortunately, we had to get away with it this time, but, in a way, it could also be a blessing in disguise,” a- he declared.

Hough said hosting a national presidential nominating convention would be a wonderful opportunity for Salt Lake City.

“I would support the community by sponsoring the Democratic convention in this city if we could because it’s really about showcasing our community and our state,” Hough said.

Politico reported that Milwaukee and Nashville are the two remaining cities in the competition to host the 2024 Republican National Convention.