What happens if a US presidential candidate drops out?
WHAT happens if a candidate for the White House is forced to quit the race? Who steps up to fill their shoes?
It’s a question suddenly in the spotlight as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton battles a case of pneumonia that left her feeling so poorly she abruptly left a high-profile 9/11 memorial ceremony a day earlier.
The US Constitution gives no guidance on instances when a candidate is unable to finish a political race.
Article two, section seven of Democratic Party bylaws states “a special meeting to fill a vacancy on the national ticket shall be held on the call of the chairperson”.
At the Democratic Party gathering, the decision would be based on a majority vote by those present.
Although Ms Clinton is expected to make a full recovery, analysts have floated the names of her running mate Tim Kaine, grassroots darling Bernie Sanders and current Vice President Joe Biden. –