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Lecture #23: Presidential Selection II: Primaries, Caucuses, and Nominations The Role of Parties o Fundamental role is to nominate candidates Decide which candidates voters will choose from Some say parties don’t do a good job of that Every year people seem to think it’s the ‘lesser of two evils’ Partly true, as candidates are not ‘best’ in an absolute sense Not most popular Not most electable Not most typical of their party Nominating Conventions o Used to actually decide the party’s nomination o As recent as 1960 you could say that it still kind of did o Now conventions are just media shows, and a symbolic confirmation Primaries o Originally with smaller states first went well o With big states moving their primaries up, a problem has developed
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