Wisconsin Democrats pointed to those midterm election results as they lobbied Mr Perez and DNC officials, and presidential candidates already are paying attention. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar came to Wisconsin in one of her first trips as a declared candidate.
“A lot people feel that we lost (in 2016) because this area had been ignored – whether it’s from a political standpoint or whether it’s from a governing standpoint,” said Mr Barnes, one of the members of the convention bid committee. Holding the convention in Milwaukee, he added, says “we are ready to reinvest in the Midwest, that the Midwest matters again.”
On the logistics front, Milwaukee may have pulled somewhat of an upset, given its small footprint compared to Houston and Miami, cities long accustomed to hosting major events. Still, the city had to prove it has the overall capacity to satisfy the demands of tens of thousands of delegates, party activists, donors and media that will descend next summer.