JOURNAL SENTINEL: Democrats' hard lessons from 2016 spur turnout efforts in Milwaukee for Nov. 6 election

All eyes are on Milwaukee.

That was the message Angela Lang delivered to about two dozen volunteers as they gathered in the basement office of Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) before setting out to knock on doors in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

"When I tell y'all that all eyes are on Milwaukee, specifically the black community and our level of engagement and turnout, I mean it," said Lang, the group's executive director.

Will Milwaukee — white, black, Latino, young, old — “turn out” on Nov. 6?

That has become one of the chief subplots in big, tight Wisconsin elections. Turnout was the overwhelming rationale for Friday’s appearance on Milwaukee’s north side by former President Barack Obama.