Source tells me RNC officials are meeting in DC to discuss what options the party has going forward in case Trump isn’t nominee. — Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 8, 2016
More than 34,000 Republican voters have already cast their ballots for the 2016 general election according to the U.S. Election Project, 8,000 of them in the battleground state of North Carolina and another 5,000 in Florida. Not all of those ballots were cast for #Donald Trump, it’s safe to assume, but it’s more than likely that most of them were. And that, in a nutshell, is why it’s far too late for the Republican Party to dump Donald Trump from their ticket.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) pulled his endorsement from the Republican nominee in June, but requested that the party go a step further in a tweet on Friday evening.
You may recall that we’ve been through this before. In early August, as Trump’s poll numbers started to tank and as he was still embroiled in his fight with the parents of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq, #Republicans started murmuring about potentially replacing him as the nominee. The party can’t simply call Donald Trump and tell him that he’s no longer welcome; there are #rules that guide how a nominee is replaced.
The Republican National Committee is hereby authorized and empowered to fill any and all vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or otherwise of the Republican candidate for President of the United States or the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, as nominated by the national convention, or the Republican National Committee may reconvene the national convention for the purpose of filling any such vacancies.