The 1976 Republican convention in Kemper Arena was the last time the party opened a convention not knowing the nominee. President Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan lacked enough pledged delegates to win coming into the convention, but Ford was able to collect enough uncommitted votes for a first-round victory.
The 1976 Republican convention in Kemper Arena was the last time the party opened a convention not knowing the nominee. President Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan lacked enough pledged delegates to win coming into the convention, but Ford was able to collect enough uncommitted votes for a first-round victory. Keith Myers kmyers@kcstar.com
The 1976 Republican convention in Kemper Arena was the last time the party opened a convention not knowing the nominee. President Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan lacked enough pledged delegates to win coming into the convention, but Ford was able to collect enough uncommitted votes for a first-round victory. Keith Myers kmyers@kcstar.com

1976 Republican convention: From the ashes of Watergate, a party is born anew

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