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Lecture #8 - Political Science 1 Lecture#8 Presidential...

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Political Science 1 Lecture #8 2/11/10 Presidential Nominations, 1912-1968 (the golden age?) Only 10-15 states selected delegates via primaries after the Progressive Era Most delegates still controlled by state and local party leaders Delegates conducted a peer review, and yet the people had a voice Some candidates used the primaries to show their “electability”, but still needed insider support o JFK used West Virginia (traditionalist) to show Catholics can win 1968 Democratic Convention Anti-war candidates won primaries (such as Robert Kennedy) Gene McCarthy, who was also anti-war, was seen as a main competition Convention selected VP Hubert Humphrey because he defended Vietnam War Humphrey narrowly defeated in general election to Nixon McGovern-Fraser Reforms Requires states to select delegates in open process (can’t be party leaders, great requirements to be considered “open process”)
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