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Do party conventions really matter anymore?




Alex Schaefer, of Los Angeles, prepares his giant Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., costume before a march during a protest in downtown on Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Democratic National Convention starts Monday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Alex Schaefer, of Los Angeles, prepares his giant Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., costume before a march during a protest in downtown on Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Democratic National Convention starts Monday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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For the next four days, tune into this station, or any news outlet for that matter, and you are bound to hear a lot of coverage of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia — just as the Republican Convention in Cleveland dominated most of the airwaves for much of last week.

But all this coverage leads one to wonder: who really cares? 

For some time now, it's been little surprise who the two nominees are,  so a skeptic might ask, do such political conventions even matter anymore?

Barbara Perry, director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, says it depends on who you ask. 

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