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What Happens at a National Convention?


 

Primary Election Political Parties Election Day Voting Election of the President Candidates National Conventions National Conventions - An Inside View Candidates at the Convention The Campaign Polling Places The Electoral College The Electoral Map The Inauguration

 
National Conventions


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Match the word(s) in the left-hand column to complete the questions or statements in the right-hand column. Check your answers.

1976 A. National elections in the United States are held on which day of the week?
Minor Parties B. The Vice President candidate is no longer announced at the national conventions. When was the last time the Democrats announced their V.P. choice?
Candidates C. A meeting of members of a political party to nominate candidates to run for President, takes place in the summer months usually in July or August.
National Convention D. Who was the first to use national conventions to pick a presidential candidate?
Tuesday E. The last two days of the national convention is used to pick who?


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The Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago on May 20, 1868, nominated U.S. Grant for the presidency. The convention marked the national debut of black politicians. P.B.S. Pinchback of Louisiana and James J. Harris were delegates to the convention. Harris was named to the committee which informed Grant of his nomination. Blacks also served for the first time as presidential electors. Robert Meacham was a presidential elector in Florida. The South Carolina electoral ticket included three black Republican leaders, B.F. Randolph, Stephen A. Swails, and Alonzo J. Ransier. Robert N. C. Nix was elected to Congress.

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