Democrats to hold 2020 convention in Milwaukee

The Democratic Party has selected Milwaukee as the site of its 2020 nominating convention, choosing a key battleground state that President Trump narrowly and unexpectedly carried in 2016.

The Midwestern city was chosen over Houston and Miami, a Democratic National Committee official confirmed, ending a stretch of intense regional lobbying. The decision was first reported by the Associated Press.

In 2016, Trump upset Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, sparking recriminations that she didn’t spend enough time campaigning there and in other Rust Belt states in which Trump prevailed.

A formal announcement of the 2020 convention site is expected Monday afternoon.

Next year will be the first time Democrats have held a nominating convention in the Midwest since 1996, when they met in Chicago. It will mark the first major-party convention in Milwaukee’s history.

The Democratic convention is scheduled for July 13-16, 2020.

For its convention, the DNC began considering eight host cities: Atlanta, Birmingham, Ala., Denver, Houston, Miami Beach, Milwaukee, New York and San Francisco. The field was cut last summer.

In August, a group of Midwestern senators signed on to a letter to the DNC calling for a Milwaukee selection.

“A Milwaukee convention would send a strong message to the nation that winning America’s heartland is a priority in the 2020 election cycle and beyond,” the senators wrote. “Wisconsin is a state with a deep progressive and Democratic history. It is an ideal place for our party to showcase our values, priorities and agenda in our commitment to fight for everyday Americans.”

The Fiserv Forum, an arena that opened last year in downtown Milwaukee, will serve as the main convention site.

Milwaukee officials have faced questions about whether there is enough hotel capacity in the region to host such a major event. A committee supporting the city’s bid maintained that it was confident that it could accommodate the large number of visitors a major-party convention attracts.

Republicans plan to hold their convention in Charlotte from Aug. 24-27, 2020.

Michael Scherer contributed to this report.

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