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brokered convention

noun, U.S. Politics.
1.
a party convention in which many delegates are pledged to favorite sons who use their blocs of votes to bargain with leading candidates who lack a majority of delegate support.
Compare open convention.
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  • Talk of a late-entry candidate or brokered convention might get serious.
  • The contest is a muddle that is decided at a brokered convention.

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