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Trump will visit Milwaukee tonight

MADISON (WKOW) -- President Donald Trump will continue his 2020 campaign with a rally in Milwaukee on Tuesday, right in the face of the future Democratic National Convention.

Trump is hosting a rally at the Panther Arena in Milwaukee, set for 7 p.m., blocks away from the Fiserv Forum which is the future site of the Democratic National Convention this summer. It also comes at the same time six Democratic presidential candidates will take the debate stage in Iowa.

Trump’s visit to the state comes as he's trying to repeat a victory in 2016 after narrowly defeating Hillary Clinton by fewer than 23,000 votes and becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since 1984. 

UW political science professor David Canon said choosing Milwaukee is a different strategy for Trump’s campaign as it's in an area he didn't perform well in four years ago. The president also likely hopes to boost turnout in the traditionally Republican stronghold counties surrounding the city such as Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington.

“He didn't do well in the primary in 2016 so maybe he's seeing this as a way to shore up his base in these surrounding counties by going to Milwaukee,” said Canon.

Holding the rally in the same area where Democrats will host the DNC, Canon said is a way for Trump to show his presence as he will likely be coming back to the state as often as he can.

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