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Edited by: Deborah Kalb

In: Guide to U.S. Elections 7th Edition

Chapter 12: Nominating Conventions

Edited by: Deborah Kalb


Subject: Elections

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Nominating Conventions
Nominating conventions

Although the presidential nominating convention has been a target of criticism through-out its existence, it has survived to become a traditional fixture of American politics. The convention owes its longevity and general acceptance in large part to the multiplicity of functions that the convention uniquely combines.

The convention is a nominating body that the Democrats, Republicans, and most of the principal third parties have used since the early 1830s to choose their candidates for ...

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