Charlotte Tyler
August 26, 2023

Houston selected by Republican National Committee to host the 2028 presidential nominating convention

Houston has been chosen by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to host the 2028 presidential nomination convention.

Friday, the RNC announced its selection of the southern metropolis to host its premiere event in 2028, as Fox News reported.

A press release was issued following a vote by the RNC's 168 committee members. Houston, Miami, and Nashville were the three finalists for the event.

From the RNC

"I am excited to announce Houston as the host city for the 2028 Republican National Convention," said RNC Charwoman Ronna McDaniel.

"After a smart business decision made by the RNC last spring to allow us to select the next convention city earlier than ever, we are looking forward to seeing Houston in the spotlight come 2028," she said.

"The entire RNC membership is eager to work with Governor Greg Abbott, Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Houston Host Committee, and Houston First Corporation to follow in Milwaukee’s footsteps by delivering an incredible convention for our Party," McDaniel added.

Since 1992, when then-President George H.W. Bush was re-nominated as the GOP candidate in the now-demolished Astrodome, Houston has not played home to a major party convention for the presidential election of the United States. It was in 1928 the last time the Democratic National Convention was last held in Houston.

The city put in a proposal to host the Democratic National Committee's presidential nomination convention for the next year, but the DNC made the decision earlier this year to stage the event in Chicago in 2024 instead.

RNC's Recent Chain of Events

The Republican National Committee (RNC) held its vote in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the party's annual summer conference, which took place in the same city that will play home to the RNC's convention in 2024.

The RNC's announcement about 2028 came two days after Fox News aired the party's first debate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party typically hold their presidential nominating conventions in key states that are expected to be competitive in the general election. However, this is not always the case.

One such state is Wisconsin, but Illinois, the location of the Democratic National Convention in 2024, is a state that consistently votes blue. Despite the fact that Houston leans Democratic, Texas has always been viewed as a staunchly conservative red state.

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