What hap­pens if a US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date drops out?

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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