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August 18, 2019

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Mitt Romney Endorses Gary Johnson? What Does This Mean for Third Parties?

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for this election cycle, is pretty much the last hope for anyone looking for a third party candidacy worth a damn. For independents angry with both established parties in this bipartisan-controlled government, longtime Republicans who feel as if their party has been hijacked by Trump, and progressives who feel disillusioned enough to vote third party just to make Hillary Clinton cry, the guy on everyone’s mind is Gary Johnson.

What Happens if a President Elect Dies Before Inauguration Day?

Imagine if we’ve had a President for eight years, and he cannot run for a third term (or four more years) according to the twenty-third amendment in the Constitution. Because his term ends on January 20th, the incumbent Vice President’s term ends as well. There may not be a term limit for vice presidents (meaning Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders could technically pick Joe Biden as their Vice President, although this is incredibly unlikely), but his current term ends on inauguration day, when the new President-elect and his own Vice Presidential candidate get sworn into office. Regardless…what happens if the president-elect, the person who has been elected president but has not yet taken up office, dies before inauguration day?