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  • The Democratic and Republican Party conventions meet every four years to nominate their respective party's presidential candidates. Delegates from each state are sent to the convention to formally cast their votes for the presidential nominee. The reality is that the candidates have already been chosen by party members voting in each state's primary or caucus. This change in procedure came about after the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Many Americans were unhappy with the Democrats' nomination of Hubert Humphrey, who subsequently lost the 1968 campaign to Richard Nixon. Political conventions are not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.


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