DNC could boost voter turnout, platform for Republicans

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MADISON (WKOW) — While the anticipation over who will host the Democratic National Convention builds, a UW political science expert says the impact will not only boost revenue but also voter turnout.

UW-Madison Professor Michael Wagner said if Milwaukee crosses the finish line it will help prevent a repeat of 2016 when voter turnout was low in Milwaukee.

“By having the convention there it gives Democrats a lot of opportunities not just to shine a light on Wisconsin but register voters,” said Wagner.

It’s been over a week since DNC Chairman Tom Perez said he would have a final decision on which city would host the 2020 convention. Milwaukee is up against Houston and Miami.

But the delay in a decision doesn’t have Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett or Governor Evers concerned, instead, hopeful.

“To make sure people look at Wisconsin a little differently and in addition, I think it will help Democrats win the presidential election,” said Evers.

Wagner said while it will help Democrats rally their party, he also said it will create a platform for Republicans to boost their profiles on a national level.

“Gives (them) a chance to be that counterpoint in news stories which gives Republicans a chance to step on the national stage as well,” said Wagner.

Milwaukee officials said a decision could come sometime soon. WKOW reached out to the DNC officials who said negotiations are ongoing but did not provide a timeline on when a decision would be.

Professor Wagner says he thinks the delay is because hosting is becoming a bigger deal than anticipated. Already dozens of candidates are throwing their hat into the ring to run against President Trump.

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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