Choosing Presidential Nominees

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Demand for Change

Party Control or Mass Participation

The Jan. 10 Republican precinct caucuses in Michigan and the Feb. 20 Democratic precinct caucuses in Iowa mark the official beginning of the process to select delegates to the parties' national presidential nominating conventions this summer. President Reagan, who announced Jan. 29 that he would seek re-election, is unlikely to have any serious Republican challenger at the GOP convention Aug. 20–23 in Dallas. For the Democrats it is a different story. Eight candidates are actively seeking the presidential nomination. The big question for them is whether former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, the acknowledged front-runner, will be able to sew up the nomination before the Democratic National Convention begins July 16 in San Francisco.1

To the casual observer, the ...

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