Republicans hoping to become the next president of the United States will meet in Milwaukee for their first official debate.
The Republican National Committee will hold its first presidential primary debate in the city in August. The debates committee made the decision in a vote Thursday, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel told members in an email.
Wisconsin’s largest city will host the Republican National Convention in 2024. City leaders had lobbied hard to win that event — expected to draw 50,000 people — hoping to build its tourism industry.
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During a visit to Milwaukee earlier this month, McDaniel said the party would likely hold a debate in the city. Speaking at that time, McDaniel alluded to Wisconsin’s importance as a swing state. Wins in the state were key to capturing the presidency both for President Joe Biden and for his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
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