"Basically, the leaders of ABC said Carter was both too inexperienced and too conservative to be the Democratic nominee. It may also be true that many of them didn't know Carter and he owed them nothing, so it was a pure power play," said Mr. Sabato.
"It was a different era and primaries were many fewer, but Govs. Nelson Rockefeller, George Romney, Bill Scranton and other officeholders tried to orchestrate a group of favorite sons, including themselves, to deny Goldwater a convention majority. Obviously it didn't work," Mr. Sabato said.