When the Democratic Party picked the city of Milwaukee as the location for its 2020 National Convention, it chose a Midwestern city other than Chicago for the event for the first time in more than 100 years.
Picking the largest city in Wisconsin over Miami and Houston, the Democrats
are making a statement about the importance of the region in the upcoming election. In 2016, now-U.S. president Donald Trump won Michigan and Wisconsin, which had voted for President Obama, back from Democrats and thereby secured votes essential to his victory.
As seen in the chart, both Democrats and Republicans
have held several National Conventions in Chicago and have also favored Philadelphia. While Republicans
have also visited Cleveland, Detroit, Saint Paul and Kansas City a combined seven times with their National Convention in the past 100 years, Democrats have not had the same presence in the Midwest.