Luis Bravo is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying sociology.
Donald Trump - reality star, businessman, Whartonite, and future president? Trump’s rise to political fame has left many wondering, “What else could go wrong in the 2016 presidential race?” In a nutshell- many things! Through a series of completely realistic scenarios, I will explore the laws that act as our government’s crisis control center to learn just how off the rails this election season can potentially get.
What would happen if either candidate drops out of the race? This has been a question that has been raised about both candidates and is addressed by their respective party committees. On one hand, we have Donald Trump. Shortly after Ted Cruz lost Indiana and Trump became the (informal) Republican nominee, various rumors began to swirl on the internet hinting at Trump’s potential withdrawal. Though these rumors died down throughout the summer months, they experienced a resurgence shortly after the Republican National Convention. Citing widening poll margins strongly favoring Hillary Clinton, many believed Donald Trump would bail.  This could have happened one of two ways. If Donald Trump were to formally withdraw from the race, the Republican National Committee would have the power to fill the vacancy by appointing a new candidate. This person would not become the official nominee until state delegates recast their votes in another national convention and the individual received a clear majority. In contrast, if Trump were to simply suspend his campaign, he would still legally be the Republican nominee and would retain his delegates. The Republican Convention would also have the power to contribute “in-kind aid, “essentially continuing his campaign on his behalf.