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Why Do Conventions Matter?

The Democratic and Republican national conventions are the single biggest spectacles in American politics.

They cost tens of millions of dollars and draw thousands of people to their host cities.

But if we already know who the party nominees will be before they come around, why do we have conventions?

OPB Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes explains how modern conventions came to be and what they’ve come to mean.

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