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”) Led to big increase in primaries, but caucuses still exist (but any registered voter
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2010 for the course PS 12345 taught by Professor Schickler during the Spring '10 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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