Party elites will choose 2016 nominees

Those of us who argue that political parties, rather than the American voters, are decisive in choosing presidential nominees are being challenged. Most recently, Vox's Andrew Prokop has said that voters have the upper hand in some cases. As I read the evidence, however, the party has chosen each nominee since the 1980s. So let's look at how a nomination battle really unfolds. As party actors approach a presidential election, they have many possible goals: They may care about winning the general election; about making sure the nominee is committed to their priorities; or about being close to the (potential) president. Candidates announce. Some are well-known with clear...