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As the 1980 Democratic Convention drew closer, Democrats began to worry about their survival in the political world. Incumbent Jimmy Carter was considered to be a "ticking time bomb waiting to destroy the Democratic Party." Fear of Carter leading the Democrats to suffer a defeat as large as the 1932 election, members of the party began to push an "open convention." Officially called "The Committee of an Open Convention," they sought to open the selection of the Democratic nominee, hoping that Carter would not be selected. It became commonly known as: "Anybody But Carter." Ultimately, the movement's efforts failed, and their fears came true as Carter suffered a massive defeat by Ronald Reagan.
Source: Wagman, R. (19 80, August 7). Open convention means ‘Anybody but Carter’. Gadsden Times, 4.