Political conventions are usually quadrennial affairs used to officially nominate a party's candidate for president and vice president and adopt its political platform. At the state and county levels, conventions are used to nominate or select candidates for state, county, or district elections.

These conventions, which are attended by elected officials, delegates and activists, also provide an opportunity for the party leadership to disseminate information on election strategy. In addition, conventions offer an unrivaled networking platform for its participants.

At its infancy, national conventions are wholly responsible for electing a party's presidential and vice-presidential nominees. However, the introduction of the modern state and county level primaries and caucuses have somewhat diluted the clout of conventions, and instead, turned them into a media event - albeit one that offers a powerful post-convention 'bounce' for the nominees.




, Florida
Rosen Centre Hotel & Resort
May 27-29 2016


The first Libertarian Party National Convention was held in 1972 and, more recently, been held every two years to choose members of the Libertarian National Committee. During general election years, presidential and vice-presidential nominees are chosen and a party platform is adopted. Libertarian conventions traditionally provide less fanfare and more substantive party business and do not, unlike the Democratic and Republican parties, accept taxpayer assistance to pay for the convention.

The 2016 Libertarian Party National Convention and business session will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel & Resort in Orlando, Florida from 9:00am on Friday, May 27, until 12:00pm on Sunday, May 29, 2016. Pre-convention meetings including bylaws and party platform will be held on Wednesday May 25, and Thursday May 26, 2016.

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, Ohio
Quicken Loans Arena
July 18-21 2016


The 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) will convene in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18-21, 2016. The Republican National Committee has scheduled the 41st RNC a month earlier than previous editions in order to bypass a Federal Election Commission campaign spending restrictions.

The decision to select Cleveland as host, the first time since 1936, is designed to facilitate an earlier informal campaigning in Ohio, a key battleground swing-state. Every winning presidential candidate since 1964 has captured Ohio. The trend for Republican presidential candidates stretches even further to 1860, when Abraham Lincoln triumphed over Democratic candidate George B. McClellan. A secondary reason behind the timing of the convention is the Rio summer Olympics (August 5 - 21), which is certain to draw the nation’s attention away from costly campaign advertisements.

Other cities that were considered as host include Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The hosting job was highly sought after. Aside from the prestige, the event is expected to generate in excess of $400 million to the local economy.

Columbus and Phoenix were eliminated on April 2, 2014 after preliminary review. Cincinnati and Las Vegas, meanwhile, withdrew on May 22, 2014. On June 25, 2014, the Republican National Committee announced that the cities of Cleveland and Dallas would continue to the final round of consideration to host the 2016 Convention. The recommendation to select 'Cleveland 2016' was made following a final review by RNC' site selection committee on July 8, 2014.

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, Pennsylvania
Wells Fargo Center and The Pennsylvania Convention Center
July 25-28 2016


The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 25th through the 28th, 2016. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced the convention dates on January 23, 2015, and the convention host city on February 12, 2015. The decision eliminates the two other finalist cities of Columbus, Ohio and New York City.

A number of other cities had been chosen by the Democratic National Committee as finalists to host the convention. Birmingham and Phoenix were eliminated following site visits on July 21, 2014. Cleveland, withdrew from the competition after the RNC decided on July 8, 2014 to hold their 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Other cities under earlier consideration to host the 2016 DNC Convention included Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville and Salt Lake City.

It was in the 1830's, and the legendary figures from our nation's history were roaming the political landscape of the land. The footprint of party giant and one of the founders of the Democratic Party of the United States, President Andrew Jackson, threatened to engulf the party itself. The initial decision to break away from the Democratic-Republican Party in 1812 over ideological differences and the choice of its leadership, led to the birth of the Democratic Party and the subsequent role in the elevation of Jackson to the presidency. There was an absence of a formal nomination system for presidential candidates and it caused the build-up of factions within the party, jockeying for post and favors, along with an increasingly prevalent concentration of power among an elite group aligned with President Jackson.

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