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Presidential debate sites announced, what it may mean for Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced the dates and sites for next year's presidential and vice presidential debates.

The first of the debates will be held at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana on September 29, 2020. The next two will be the following month at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 15 and Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The only vice presidential debate will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Wisconsin was not included among the sites for presidential debates, despite being the host of the 2020 Democratic National Convention and having crucial Electoral College votes in the presidential election.

Still, experts believe the state can still be chosen to host a democratic primary debate.

"Given that there are still a lot of democrats aren’t happy about the fact that Hillary Clinton didn’t never showed up in Wisconsin once during 2016," said David Canon, a political science professor at UW-Madison. "I think the democrats are trying to make up for that, by not only having the convention here but, yeah, I think they probably will have one of the primary debates here as well."

CBS 58 reached out to the Democratic National Committee to ask if there were plans to choose a primary debate site in Wisconsin, but nothing has been announced yet.

The next Democratic primary debate will be Tuesday, October 15 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

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