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Old 06-08-2016, 09:24 AM
Amateur Barbarian Amateur Barbarian is offline
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The party hand-picking a candidate usually meant there was agreement among the party brass, which leads to better cooperation in support, funding, calling in favors and help, etc. It probably meant the guy seen as most electable was given the shot.

However, you're going to have to define "better candidate" for your question to generate a useful answer. The above is a "better candidate" for the party's purposes, after all.