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Meaning of brokered convention

bro'kered conven'tion

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— U.S. Politics. 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. Cf. open convention.
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