MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democrats picked Milwaukee on Monday to host their 2020 national convention, setting up the party's 2020 standard-bearer to accept the presidential nomination in the heart of the old industrial belt that delivered Donald Trump to the White House.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez chose Milwaukee over Houston and Miami after deliberations lingered longer than party leaders or officials from the three finalist cities had expected.

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

It will be the first time in over a century that Democrats will be in a Midwest city other than Chicago to nominate their presidential candidate. Instead, the political spotlight will shine for a week on a metro area of about 1.6 million people. Once dubbed as "The Machine Shop of the World," the famously working-class city also is known for its long love affair with beer and as the birthplace of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Republicans are set to gather in Charlotte, the largest city in battleground North Carolina, on Aug. 24-27, 2020.

Houston and Miami Beach were also vying to host the convention in July 2020. 

A centerpiece of Milwaukee's DNC bid is the new Milwaukee Bucks arena, Fiserv Forum, which will host the convention.

Martha Laning, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said in a statement that "we couldn’t be more thrilled that the DNC selection committee has chosen Milwaukee to host its 2020 convention."

"From its breweries to its strong working-class roots, Milwaukee is a vibrant city that represents so much of what makes our nation great," Laning said. "We’re proud to be able to share our great city with the nation, and we can’t wait to welcome Democrats next July.”
 

Wisconsin hosting the convention also elevates a state that was critical to President Trump's election win in 2016, the first time the state voted Republican in a presidential election since 1984.

It was one of three states that typically vote Democratic in presidential races, also including Michigan and Pennsylvania, that were decisive in tipping the Electoral College to Trump.

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