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How The Democrats’ New Party Rules Could Turn Their 2020 Convention Into A Free-For-All

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Anders Hagstrom White House Correspondent
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The Democratic presidential field has grown smaller and smaller as the party’s convention in Milwaukee approaches, but some strategists are worried it’s not nearly small enough.

A confluence of superdelegates, a packed field, and new rule changes have brought about the possibility of a contested convention, something Democrats haven’t dealt with since 1952. In most years, Democratic Party conventions are little more than coronations, with the winning presidential candidate becoming obvious weeks ahead of time. In a contested convention, however, none of the candidates would have the majority necessary to secure the nomination, leaving candidates to barter for votes behind closed doors.