1. Gerald Ford led in primary delegates in 1976 but he didn't have enough to secure the nomination going into the Republican convention. The Kansas City Star / Via kansascity.com Despite a strong challenge by Ronald Reagan, Ford went on to become the Republican presidential nominee. He lost to Jimmy Carter in the general election. 2. The Democratic presidential nominee in 1844 wasn't even a candidate going into the convention. Biography / Via a3.files.biography.com After several ballots, James K. Polk was added to the eighth and ninth ballots. He ended up becoming the Democratic presidential nominee and went on to be elected the 11th President of the United States. 3. The 1924 Republican National Convention was the first GOP convention to give women equal representation. Cleveland.com / Via media.cleveland.com During that same convention, Illinois Governor Frank Lowden declined the nomination for Vice President. That was the only time that has ever happened. 4. It took a record 103 ballots for John W. Davis to be nominated the presidential candidate at the 1924 Democratic National Convention. Encyclopædia Britannica / Via media-2.web.britannica.com He had 2.8% of the vote after the first ballot. 5. The 1924 Democratic National Convention was also the first major party national convention that saw the name of the woman placed in nomination for vice presidential candidate. Lin / Via image2.findagrave.com Women had received the right to vote four years prior.