The U.S. Presidential Primary and the Convention

Photo: U.S. News/AP/Reuters/Gary Cameron/Joe Skipper/Jose Luis Magana The American political primary is in full swing, but this is an unusual year. Sen. Marco Rubio is planning for a brokered convention. The media is counting super delegates. Political scientists seem to be losing faith in their carefully built models. What is going on? The answer to that question reveals how the nomination process has evolved both through gradual and sudden policy changes. It is a study in how politics seeks to shape process to answer a basic question: “how should the American people choose the leaders of their major political parties,...

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