Two other cases that might seem to qualify as unity tickets don't fit the description. In 1956, Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver dueled for the Democratic nomination, with Stevenson prevailing after a California primary victory. At the convention, Stevenson allowed the delegates to choose his vice-presidential nominee, and John F. Kennedy and Kefauver fought through three ballots until Kefauver got the nod. But Kefauver didn't owe his spot to a decision by Stevenson to try to unify the party. Similarly, in 2004, when John Kerry chose as his running mate John Edwards, who had competed against him in the primaries and lasted longer than any other top-tier candidate, Kerry wasn't trying to heal an intraparty rift; he was just trying to choose the most appealing general-election candidate.