Do Political Conventions Matter?

Donald Trump speaks at the RNC tonight. He’s been the presumptive nominee for weeks. So does his speech matter? What about the convention?

Posted by OPB on Thursday, July 21, 2016

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

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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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