Capitol Notes: Why Did Democrats Choose Milwaukee To Host The 2020 National Convention?

Mar 18, 2019

After months of anticipation, Milwaukee was chosen last week as the site of the Democratic National Convention in July of 2020.  The city beat out two other finalists — Houston and Miami Beach. President Donald Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016.  

In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross, of, what kind of message Democrats hope to send in choosing Milwaukee.  

Ross says Wisconsin was once called the "blue wall" for Democrats and locating the convention in Milwaukee signals a commitment to the upper Midwest and to winning back those states that Democrats lost to Republican Donald Trump in 2016. 

In announcing his decision, DNC Chair Tom Perez says Milwaukee is a symbol of the party's values, given the city's history of labor and its diverse population. But, Ross says there's no guarantee that holding the convention in Milwaukee will result in Democrats winning Wisconsin in 2020.