The 1976 Republican convention in Kemper Arena was the last time the party opened a convention without knowing who their nominee would be. Then-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 without knowing who their nominee would be. Then-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. File photo
The 1976 Republican convention in Kemper Arena was the last time the party opened a convention without knowing who their nominee would be. Then-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. File photo

Purpose of GOP convention is to find a party unifier

April 23, 2016 03:00 AM