An RNC committee voted to host the first GOP presidential primary debate in Milwaukee in August, about 11 months before the national party brings its convention to town.

Chair Ronna McDaniel sent an email to national party members Thursday that the Standing Committee on Presidential Debates approved hosting the first presidential debate in Milwaukee to coincide with the RNC summer meeting.

In the email, obtained by, McDaniel noted that no other debates have been sanctioned at this time and no final criteria for the first debate has been decided.

“We have a long way to go, but I am confident we will be able to showcase our eventual nominee in a world class fashion,” McDaniel wrote.

During a news conference earlier this month, McDaniel said Wisconsinites could expect to see a GOP presidential primary debate hosted in Milwaukee in 2024.

State GOP Chair Brian Schimming tweeted Thursday afternoon, “We’re looking forward to not only hosting the 2024 RNC, where we will show off our exceptional city & the future president of the United States, but excited MKE has been selected to host the first presidential debate!”

Read the email here.

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