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two-thirds rule

[too-thurdz] /ˈtuˌθɜrdz/
a former rule in the Democratic Party, effective 1832–1936, requiring a vote of at least two thirds of its national convention delegates to nominate a presidential and vice-presidential candidate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was plain that under the two-thirds rule no nomination could be made here.

  • By consenting to the adoption of the two-thirds rule, he, with them, would prove unfaithful to their trust and their honor.

  • This is the two-thirds rule, as it is called; the rule that requires a vote of two-thirds of the convention to make a nomination.

  • The opposition was kept up, and the two-thirds rule again resorted to, and effectually used to balk the friends of inquiry.

  • The two-thirds rule was adopted, and that put the nomination in the hands of the minority, and of the trained intriguers.

  • The Charleston Convention was reactionary and exclusive; it followed the two-thirds rule.

    Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2 John George Nicolay and John Hay

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