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The National Political Conventions

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Presidential candidate Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden on stage at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Tuesday, with Utahns headed to the caucuses to choose presidential nominees, we’re looking ahead to the national political conventions in July. That’s where the Democrats and Republicans will confirm their respective candidates. The national conventions are now seen mostly as coronation ceremonies, but in the past they featured quite a bit of drama and high-stakes competition. We’ll sift through the colorful history of the national political conventions and ask what we’re in store for later this year.


  • Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News.
  • Tim Chambless is a professor of political science at the University of Utah.