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Political National Conventions

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Every four years, the Republican Party and Democratic Party hold their national conventions. This happens when a presidential election is coming up. The political parties use these meetings to decide what they should do and what political ideas they will fight for. Most importantly, they officially name their choices for president and vice president – these figures will run in the election.

These days, we often know who each party will choose to run in the election be before the conventions. Before the conventions,  each party hold primaries, and whoever wins the primaries becomes the candidate for president. That isn’t how it has always been, though. Up until the 1968 Democratic National Convention, whoever controlled the convention was chosen, and it didn’t matter how the primaries went.

This convention chose pro-war candidate Hubert Humphrey, when most of the primary votes had been for anti-war candidates. There was a big protest at the convention, and things turned violent. To stop this from happening again, the Democratic Party began giving more weight to the primary votes. The Republicans soon followed.

What has been happening at the 2020 conventions? Republicans voted to  confirm President Trump as their candidate for the 2020 election. The party will a probably give a plan for what it wants to do if Trump gets voted in again. They might give a look at what the party’s future will look like after his presidency.

At their event, Democrats tried to inspire their voter base to get out and vote against President Trump. The Democrat convention was also unique because it was held virtually, due to fears over the Coronavirus. Joe Biden was confirmed as the party’s choice to be the next president and to run in the November election.

Jose Backer, General Assignment Reporter, is a graduate of St. Michael's College and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Political Science. Born and raised in Southern California, he currently resides in the Pasadena area.

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