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President Trump set to make first Wisconsin appearance of 2020

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MILWAUKEE (WAOW) -- President Trump will hold a campaign rally in Milwaukee Tuesday, his first public appearance in the state this year.

Trump and his supporters will gather inside UW-Milwaukee's Panther Arena, with a start time of 7:00 p.m.

The location is blocks away from Fiserv Forum, where Democrats will hold their national convention this summer.

The decision to visit Wisconsin early in the year reinforces the focus on a repeat victory in the Badger state.

Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to win in Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

The campaign representatives say the campaign plans to use the same formula it did back in 2016: making the forgotten voter a priority by bringing back jobs and fair trade deals.

"That really resonated with Wisconsin voters, so for that reason they'll remember that president Trump has kept his promises to Wisconsinites. And, as a result, they'll take that knowledge with them to the polls," said Anna Kelly, Trump Victory Spokesperson for Wisconsin.

But the choice to head to Milwaukee is a new strategy for the campaign. Trump lost Milwaukee County by over 150,000 votes in 2016.

"(Trump) didn't do well in the presidential primary in 2016, so maybe he's seeing this in a way to shore up his base in these surrounding counties by going to Milwaukee, " said David Canon, UW political science professor.

The event is currently sold out.

Chase McNamara

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