4. A United States presidential nominating convention is a political conventionheld every four years in the UnitedStatesby most of the political partieswho will be fielding nominees in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The formal purpose of such a convention is to select the party's nominee for President, as well as to adopt a statement of party principles and goals known as the platformand adopt the rules for the party's activities, including the presidential nominating process for the next election cycle. Due to changes in election lawsand the manner in which political campaignsare run, conventions since the last quarter of the 20th century have virtually abdicated their original roles, and are today mostly ceremonial affairs. Generally, usage of “presidential nominating convention” refer to the two major parties’ quadrennial events: the Democratic National Conventionand the Republican NationalConvention. Some minor parties
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