Although Salt Lake City made it to the final four, the Republican National Committee has decided Utah’s capital city will not host the party’s presidential nominating convention next year.
Politico reported Thursday morning that the RNC’s bid committee voted to remove Salt Lake City from contention, leaving Milwaukee and Nashville in the race. Pittsburgh dropped out of the running.
Utah Republican Party Chairman Carson Jorgensen confirmed to The Salt Lake Tribune that the GOP convention would not be coming to the Beehive State next year.
Salt Lake City will be considered as a potential host city for the 2028 election cycle, Politico reported.
This is the second time Salt Lake City has been a finalist and come up short in recent years. In 2012, Republicans picked Tampa and in 2012 Salt Lake City did not advance past the initial phase.
Utah Republican officials put their best foot forward during the RNC’s winter meeting in Salt Lake City last month and had hoped the construction of a large convention hotel downtown would help push them over the finish line.