National Political Conventions 101

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Americans Love a Convention

Long gone are the days of delegate convention-floor fistfights and smoke-filled backrooms at national conventions to nominate the president. Now they are televised and live-streamed extravaganzas that offer each side an opportunity to present an unfiltered message to millions of viewers and appeal to undecided voters. Here's the lowdown on what happens at conventions and what to expect this year.

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