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Salt Lake is a finalist to host the 2024 GOP Convention

Jan 7, 2022, 4:17 PM | Updated: Jan 8, 2022, 5:43 am
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US President Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech for the Republican Party nomination for reelection during the final day of the Republican National Convention from the South Lawn of the White House on August 27, 2020. (Photo by Doug Mills / AFP)
(Photo by Doug Mills / AFP)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City is among four potential host cities vying to host the 2024 GOP National Convention.

An unnamed source quoted by Politico said Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Nashville are the other four finalists.

Related: Utah GOP to bid for 2024 Republican National Convention

Staff members of the RNC Site Selection Committee are expected to visit each of the cities soon to more fully determine the viability of the city.

At that point, CNN reports the choices will be narrowed down to three and the full RNC Site Selection Committee will visit the cities.

They are expected to determine whether the finalists have space for large convention events, enough hotels, and whether traveling to the city and within the city is easy.

Related: Salt Lake convention and tourism industries hit hard, but improving

Corporate sponsorships will also be a consideration, reported CNN.

However, Utah is a solidly Republican state. And a long-standing tradition holds that conventions are held in key swing states. So Utah’s solidly red voting record may hinder its chances.

The last major political conventions were held in 2020 in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the Democratic National Convention moved from Milwaukee to a wholly virtual affair. In 2020, Republicans held some events in Charlotte, North Carolina. But the majority of speeches came from Washington D.C.

 

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