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Political conventions once were regulars in Saratoga

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For nearly a century, Saratoga Springs was the summer place to be for New York state’s political maneuvering class. From the time the newly formed Anti-Nebraska (think anti-slavery) Party held an aborted nominating convention in the village in 1854 through the Republican renomination of Gov. Thomas Dewey at Convention Hall in 1950, Saratoga hosted more than two dozen major political conventions. The Republicans and sometimes the Democrats found the Spa City a convenient gathering spot ...


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