The Democratic Party on Monday picked Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to host the 2020 nominating convention to formally select its candidate for U.S. president, four years after Hillary Clinton narrowly lost the Midwestern state to Republican Donald Trump.
Clinton, who did not campaign in Wisconsin during the presidential campaign in 2016, also lost the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania by narrow margins, helping give Trump the path to victory.
DNC picks MILWAUKEE over Houston and Miami for the 2020 summer convention. Ensures the party nominates challenger to Trump in key battleground of Wisconsin. https://t.co/E0MABDYWGJ
— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) March 11, 2019
The Democratic National Convention will run July 13-16, marking the first time the party will hold it in a Midwestern city other than Chicago in over a century, the party said in a statement.
Who would have known that part of our legacy (building Fiserv Forum without a tax increase) would lead to the DNC picking Milwaukee for their convention? pic.twitter.com/jcuOtuUNcP
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) March 11, 2019
While presidential nominees from both major U.S. parties often had enough delegates well before their conventions in recent election cycles, the events play an important role by providing a televised national forum to showcase their message and highlight up-and-coming political personalities.
Milwaukee is the largest city in the swing state of Wisconsin. The party had also considered Miami and Houston as host cities.
At least a dozen Democrats have announced that they are seeking the nomination in the state-by-state voting contests that kick off in Iowa in February 2020. The unusually crowded and diverse field includes five women serving in the U.S. Senate.
“DNC official confirms that the 2020 convention will be in Milwaukee” pic.twitter.com/0zynoa8FyV
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) March 11, 2019
Both Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist and U.S. senator who rose to national prominence when he ran in 2016, and Joe Biden, a former U.S. vice president who has not formally declared but is expected to run, have emerged as front-runners in recent opinion polls.
The @DNC Convention is coming to Milwaukee and will be hosted in the @Bucks arena. The Bucks are owned by huge democrat donor Marc Lasry. Marc Lasry is also deeply connected to the Russian mob.
Will MSM cover this Russian collusion?!https://t.co/g2kfZvQoHd
— Alexander Bruesewitz (@alexanderbruz) March 11, 2019
Apart from the standing O for Ilhan Omar, the worst part of the DNC convention will be Hillary cracking an awkward joke during her speech about not having seen Wisconsin in awhile
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) March 11, 2019
#NEW #DNC to hold 2020 convention in #Milwaukee #Wisconsin. Side note: Democrats lost the last two states where the DNC convention was held (North Carolina, Pennsylvania).
— Kevin Corke (@kevincorke) March 11, 2019
Reuters contributed to this report.
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