DNC Learns From Clinton Mistake, Will Send All Democrats to Wisconsin

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine at 2016 DNC / Getty Images
• March 11, 2019 11:11 am


The Democratic National Committee has apparently learned from the mistakes of its 2016 standard-bearer and will hold its 2020 national convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Hillary Clinton famously made no trips to Wisconsin during the general election period while campaigning against Donald Trump. It wound up being one of several states carried twice by Barack Obama that went into Trump's column as he won the presidency.

It marks the first time Milwaukee will play host for a major party's political convention.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported it will be the DNC's first convention in the midwest since Democrats re-nominated President Bill Clinton in Chicago, Illinois, in 1996. Democrats were battered in the region in 2016, with Clinton losing Iowa and Ohio by wide margins, as well as enduring narrow losses in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Democrats already have a wide field of 2020 candidates and the group could still grow, with popular figures like former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D., Texas) strongly considering campaigns.

Republicans will hold their 2020 national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. They held their 2016 convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Democrats held their national convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2016 and Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012. Both states went to Republicans in those respective years; Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016 and Republican Mitt Romney won North Carolina in 2012.

When Trump won Ohio in 2016, it marked the first time the Republican candidate had won the state where the GOP held its convention since 1992. Bob Dole (San Diego in 1996), George W. Bush (Philadelphia in 2000 and New York in 2004), John McCain (St. Paul, Minnesota in 2008), and Romney (Tampa, Florida in 2012) all lost those states in their bids for the presidency.

Clinton has taken jabs since her loss from fellow Democrats for ignoring Wisconsin. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), who announced her 2020 campaign last month, told reporters "there wasn't a lot of campaigning in Wisconsin in 2016. With me, that changes."

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who challenged Clinton for the nomination in 2016 and won the Wisconsin primary, recently told The View she didn't campaign in states like Wisconsin and Michigan as aggressively as she should have.