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

987 delegates from all across the nation convened at the Rosen Centre Hotel & Resort in Orlando, Florida between July 25 and 28 for the 2016 Libertarian National Convention. Top on the agenda in Orlando is the election of the party’s nominee for president and vice president for the 2016 presidential election.

Strong anti-establishment sentiments pervading the current national political landscape has fueled the Libertarian Party’s recent surge in popularity, and selecting the right candidates could see the party breaking the 15% polling threshold and participate in the presidential debates for the first time in its young history.

True to form, it became a contested convention when strong showings by libertarian activist Austin Petersen, riding on the #neverJohnson wave, and anti-virus legend John McAfee, probably aided by his awesome campaign videos, prevented favorite Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, from securing the nomination on the first round of voting. Gov. Johnson clinched the nomination after winning the second ballot by capturing 56% of the delegates. However, his victory was marred when it was discovered that he threw away a replica of George Washington's Flintock pistol gifted by Mr. Petersen. Gov. Johnson was probably still smarting from several exchanges with Mr. Petersen during their presidential debates. The pair has since exchanged complimentary messages on the social media, suggesting they have buried the hatchet.

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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 event will formally select Donald J. Trump as the nominee for president for the Republican Party - the first non-politician to receive the nomination since former president Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952.

The decision to schedule the 41st RNC about a month earlier than previous editions was made in order to bypass a Federal Election Commission campaign spending restriction and to facilitate earlier campaigning in Ohio, a key battleground swing-state which every winning presidential candidate since 1964 has won. The Ohio winning streak for Republican presidential candidates stretches even further, when Abraham Lincoln triumphed over Democratic candidate George B. McClellan in 1860. Another 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.

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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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      September 16th, 2015   |   Simi Valley, California

      October 13th, 2015   |   Las Vegas, Nevada

      October 28th, 2015   |   Boulder, Colorado

      November 10th, 2015   |   Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      November 14th, 2015   |   Des Moines, Iowa

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