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If Trump Drops Out Of Presidential Race, What Happens Next?

A growing number of people are wondering about the possibility of Donald Trump ending his presidential campaign because of his low poll numbers and continued controversies, according to Google Trends.

Some pundits think the Republican nominee’s prediction that the election is “rigged” in favor of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton could become an excuse for suspending his White House bid. Others say Trump will do anything to avoid being viewed as a loser.

Business Insider noted that the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote an editorial this week urging Trump to either stop his inflammatory rhetoric or allow his vice-presidential running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, to take over the top spot on the GOP ticket.

“I don’t think he’s going to step aside,” Alex Keyssar, a political historian at Harvard University, told Business Insider. “This is the first time any such discussion has really occurred.”

According to Charles Aull of Ballotpedia, a Trump withdrawal would not necessarily result in Pence becoming the presidential nominee. The party would have to start all over again in selecting its candidate. Republican National Committee rules stipulate that all 2,472 national-convention delegates must reconvene in cases of “death, declination or otherwise.” An option would be to allow the 168 RNC members to select a new nominee.

Aull predicted that Pence would probably be the winner, though many Republicans would favor Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Source: Business Insider
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