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Proceedings of the National Democratic and - Democratic and Republican Parties] - 1789. 
- The process for nominating and electing a president has evolved since 1789 and continues to do so today. The caucus system was followed by the convention system starting in 1831. Political scientist V.O. Key, Jr. wrote, "The new system, the convention, gave, or so it was supposed, the mass of party members an opportunity to participate in nominations." With the national convention came the emergence of the two-party system that we know today. The Democrats since 1832 and the Republicans since 1856 have used the convention system to nominate their candidates for president. You need to look no further than the presidential election this year to know the importance of national presidential nominating conventions. The proceedings of these conventions are essential to understanding what took place at each convention. The reports on the proceedings of 79 national Democratic and Republican conventions that resulted in the nomination of presidential and vice presidential candidates. A detailed list is available.
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