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Fluff time: Would you feel jacked over if Trump conceded on election night if he was the clear winner?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26821points) January 24th, 2016

It is election night and somehow Trump is a hog’s breath away from getting the required electoral votes, the candidate of the party of Twiddle Dee concedes in a phone call to Trump and company, and then 5 minutes later Trump says he is folding his tent and no longer desires to be President, if you are a Trump supporter (almost as scarce here as finding an African American at a Klan meeting) would you feel jacked over? If you are of the party of Twiddle Dee and he did that after your party’s candidate capitulated, would you feel as equally jacked over?

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How do you think of these questions?

If he gets elected, and then decides to drop out then does his VP get it? Is it a matter of minutes or weeks between giving it to the democrat, or giving it to the Republican VP. He would just have to take the oath, and then resign. I don’t know all the rules.

I’ll answer the Q in a more general way. If my candidate dropped out on election night I would be pretty freaked out. I’d hope we at least had a few weeks notice. Remember people start voting absentee ballot way before election night.

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From Wiki:

In cases where a president has not been chosen by January 20 or the president-elect “fails to qualify,” the vice president-elect becomes acting president on January 20 until there is a qualified president. If the president-elect dies before noon January 20, the Twentieth Amendment states the vice president-elect becomes president. In cases where there is no president-elect or vice president-elect, the amendment also gives the Congress the authority to declare an acting president until such time as there is a president or vice president. At this point the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 would apply, with the office of the Presidency going to the speaker of the House of Representatives, followed by the president pro tempore of the Senate and various Cabinet officers.

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