For John, BLUF: Given how this Presidential Election has gone so far, this is not that far fetched a scenario. Nothing to see here; just move along.
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City Life Host George Anthes let me be a guest speaker at his classes on Wednesday. As part of my time there I posed the question of how Parties deal with a Presidential Candidate who has to withdraw between the convention and the vote.♠ I used the Democratic Party, since it is a clean process, without options. The Democratic National Committee votes on a replacement and it is who wins a majority of the votes.♥ As a caveat, this is not to suggest that Mrs Clinton has more than a mild case of pneumonia. It is just the easier case.
The class (and I) came up with four replacement candidates, the current VEEP Choice, Governor Tim Kaine; Senator Bernie Sanders; Vice President Joe Biden; and early Presidential Candidate, Governor Martin O'Malley, of Maryland.
Here is the breakout of class voting:
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Which reflected fairly closely yesterday's Rasmussen Poll, "Which Democrat Should Replace Hillary?"
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely Democratic Voters believe Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s primary rival, should be their party’s nominee if health issues forced her out of the race. Twenty-two percent (22%) say Vice President Joe Biden should be the nominee, while only 14% opt for Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, the current Democratic vice presidential candidate. Nine percent (9%) of Democrats think it should be someone else.Regards — Cliff
♠ Fortunately, we have only one recent example, the withdrawal of Senator Thomas Eagleton as Vice President in the 1972 Race, 44 years ago.
♥ The Republican National Committee can go that route or it can reconvene the Nominating Convention.