House Dems Fail With Electoral College Challenge

All they need was ONE Senator to force a debate, but it was a lost cause from the start. Politico reports:

A challenge by several House Democrats to Donald Trump’s election on Friday collapsed when they failed to convince a single Democratic senator to join their protest. The short-lived, doomed-from-the-start effort — spearheaded by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Barbara Lee of California — came during a joint meeting of the House and Senate to certify Trump’s Electoral College victory.

Without sufficient support to challenge Trump’s victory, the Republican-led Congress moved ahead with an easy confirmation of Trump’s presidency. The only remaining step is for him to take the oath of office on Jan. 20.

“It is over,” said Vice President Joe Biden, presiding over the meeting, said after three Democratic House members lodged objections but failed to secure required support from any senator. His comment drew a standing ovation and cheers from the assembled Republicans in the room. The joint session of Congress is a legally required — and typically ceremonial — event to ratify the results of the presidential election. But members are permitted to challenge the validity of electoral votes, and for just the fourth time since the 1877, they did so.

Though any single member may lodge an objection, only those supported by both a House member and senator are eligible for debate. Had the effort by House Democrats gained support of a single senator, it would have delayed the confirmation of Trump’s victory by hours, forcing the Senate to retreat to its chamber and debate the merits of each challenged electoral vote.

Yesterday a bipartisan group reported that at least 50 Trump electors had been seated illegally under various state rules.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Scott Carpenter

      Something I hope Dems become familiar with, or this really will be the end of everything I hold dear.

      • paganguy

        Magic 8 Ball says… not holding my breath.

    • KCMC

      Screen spit. Too good.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      It is this creepy fear that Dems seem to have: always behave properly and with constant consideration of how the other side will view you, even though they already think you’re a joke. Do not under any circumstance cause a disturbance, even as you are being steamrolled. Do not draw notice to yourself, even though that is the only thing that may cause people to notice your party or the fact that we’re all really screwed. Do not ruffle another bird’s feathers, even as you are about to eat it; a headless chicken can still run after you. Simply, talk less. Smile more.
      These rules worked once. Constant decorum worked once. Not calling people out as total crooks and assholes worked once. That time is gone.

      • MonochromeMouse

        Politics is not a reality show street fight, the Democrats need to learn to get mean and throw sucker punches at the Republicans, because that’s what the Republicans will be doing.

        • The Return of Traxley

          Right!

          I am sick to death of the constant message to “build consensus” and “reach across the aisle” and “Kumbaya, my lord, kumbaya” bullshit the dems timidly espouse.

          Apologies to Michelle, but the time for “going high” expired. You don’t “go high” in the face of nazis. You declare war.

          • SDG

            Exactly! You need to fight like your ass is on fire.

          • MonochromeMouse

            That’s right, the only thing a fascist understands is violence, The time now is for antifa mobs to go to every anti-trump protest ready to protect the protesters and beat every last counter protester that tries to interfere, just like the fascists did at trump’s rallies.

      • Alternate interpretation: they simply don’t care.

    • Diogenes Onionpants

      It’s been interesting watching how, in my lifetime, republicans & democrats respectively react to an election loss.

      When Republicans lose, they regroup & move further Right.

      When Democrats lose, they collapse & move further Right.

  • PickyPecker
  • Lazycrockett

    Watching the thing on C Span i honestly I can see why no senator would go there. The Electoral vote were all over the place specially on the dems side. If they had all united and voted for Hillary I could maybe see force, but when people are randomly voting for their favorite what’s the point.

    • Mark

      The Dems want to preach unity – and then go their own way….

      I don’t have that many years left on the planet – and now I have to spend/waste 4 precious years with this orange shitgibbon. Well, hear ye, hear ye Dem Senators – I am now officially “undecided”.

      • 2patricius2

        Nor do I have many years left. The only good thing about that is that I may not live to see the worst. But I am going to do everything I possibly can to gum up the gears on the fascist machine before I make my exit.

  • lenvus

    Not even BERNIE Fucking SANDERS? Where was his courage? Not one senator has the right to challenge Trump’s credibility as a president in the future when they failed to do so NOW — you know, when they actually had the chance to do so. Even if it didn’t mean jack shit, at least symbolically, they could have taken a stand on the record.

    • unsavedheathen

      Why should the one senator who was royally screwed by the DNC over the last 18 months have more of an obligation to open his mouth? What extra motivation above and beyond say, Schuemer or Durban or Feinstein, might he have at this point?

      • Ore Carmi

        They should ALL have joined. Where’s the unity against the Republican agenda, against Trump, against the Republican propaganda? Where’s the fight for the majority of voters who wanted Clinton? Where’s the leadership? (But I’m feeling particular contempt for Sanders, because some of my friends who are strong supporters claim he’s different from the other Democrats and a real fighter. Really? Doesn’t rise to the level of those brave Representatives who raised objections to the vote today in the face of ridicule from Republicans and silence from so many of their Democratic colleagues.)

      • Strepsi

        Supposedly PRINCIPALS.

  • Mark

    not ONE Dem Senator? not ONE???

    They don’t even want to preach about unity when the dumb fucks can’t even get their act of resistance to the grand cheeto together.

    Piss on the Senate Dems. They will now get what they deserve from Trump.

    And don’t ask me for no goddamned money.

    • Gustav2

      Feel the Bern. /s

      • Mark

        oh hell. bern is probably still asking..which way did it go? which way did it go?

      • AW

        You’d think that Bernie would at least try… or Elizabeth… or Tim… any number of them should have

      • unsavedheathen

        I knew that it would be a matter of nanoseconds before this was laid at Sanders’ feet. Why is it his responsibility to question Trump’s election? Isn’t Tim Kaine a Senator? Isn’t Chuck Schumer Clinton’s closest ally in the Senate? Doesn’t Diane Fienstein have a voice? Aren’t there 47 other senators who weren’t royally screwed by the DNC who might have raised their voices and protested those 50 electors?

        • clay

          Sanders’ responsibility? No, but he is the one who said he would do everything single thing he could to prevent Trump.

        • Because he was supposed to be all “anti-establishment” blah blah blah…

        • Strepsi

          It’s not at his feet alone, but it is TOTALLY his responsibility. Each movment needs “get along” types and “bigmouths”. I like the bigmouths, like Larry Kramer etc. Sanders gave HIMSELF the responsibility of “bigmouth” — so yeah, it looks worse on him than on soemone we expect to be a wimp.

    • Bomer

      Yup. Fuck them; fuck them sideways. They can kiss my fuzzy ass.

  • HZ81

    Not. One.

    Just like 2001.

    Orange Julius lost by 3 million votes and needed an assist from Russia, Wikileaks, and the FBI to take office, but Warren, Bernie, Booker—fuck, even Kaine?

    Nope. Let’s just hope for the best in 4 years.

    • Rex

      Sorry, I lost hope on November 8.

      • HZ81

        I am there with ya at the bar.

    • stuckinthewoods

      I called Kaine’s office to urge him to object. Now I’ll call to let him know I’ll never vote for him again.

    • clay

      Actually, I wonder if they know something we don’t. Is the only effective legal focus the states? Do we need to get court injunctions against the state parties that allowed them to be seated to prevent them from doing it again?

      • HZ81

        I really don’t know. I just can’t believe one Senator didn’t want to risk upsetting the shitty apple cart again.

  • Nax

    Reminds me of the beginning of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. I thought I was going crazy until that documentary came out. Fortunately I don’t feel as alone this time around, but I don’t think things are going to end well for the U.S.

  • safari

    It was simply to debate the information. A debate. Are we no longer entitled to know how our president is elected?

    • Kelly Lape

      Selected. An election requires a majority of the votes.

      • Ore Carmi

        A (fair) election also requires all those eligible to vote to be able to cast their votes! (Not to mention have them properly counted.)

        • Kelly Lape

          Why? Voting is a civic duty not a legal requirement. Not voting is expressing a lack of interest.

          Counting and being able to accurately verify the count is an essential part of Democracy. Paper ballots and verifiable audit trails need to be required by Federal Law – I’m not holding my breath.

          • Ore Carmi

            Yes. I meant that those who are eligible to vote and wish to do so shouldn’t be faced with finding out at the polls that their names have been crossed off the voter rolls.

          • Kelly Lape

            But they were Black or Hispanic… You can’t expect the GOP not to enforce racism in our voting laws, it’s what GOP voters expect.

  • Natty Enquirer

    What about the supposed 50 ineligible electors? That would have been a stronger complaint than “the Russians made us do it!”

    • Ore Carmi

      They raised various complaints, including voter suppression. It wasn’t just Russian interference. However, I don’t know what each and every objection was.

  • Todd20036

    And this is why even the Berned Bros can go stuff themselves.
    Where’s your fucking savior now?

    • stuckinthewoods

      True, but Kaine himself was on the ticket and did nothing either.

  • Rex

    It’s going to be a loooooooooooooooooong four years.

    • KCMC

      long and hard. and not in the good way.

    • Frostbite

      Nah, I’m guessing he starts a nuclear war by the end of the year.

      • Todd20036

        Actually, most TEABAGGERS think Trump is going to do that.

        And yet they voted for him.

        • Judas Peckerwood

          Can’t bring on armageddon without breaking a few eggs, doncha know.

        • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Teabaggers, thou despicable, are practical people. They KNEW they didn’t have a perfect candidate but Trump is better for them than Hillary, so they threw their supports his way

          Back to the self righteous Dems who didnt get Sander so they “protested” Even the Electoral College Dem members , 5 of them broke away from Hillary. They have lots of BALLS when it comes to hurting their own party

    • Judas Peckerwood

      You think it’s going to be just four years? I’ve got news for you…

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Doesn’t look like the Dems are going to be able to get their shit together in 4 years, let alone the vote in 2.

      • No kidding. There is another census coming up in 2020. It was the 2010 one that the GOP used to such great effect with redistricting. 2020 will be merely a fine-tuning of their technique.

  • Lee was my Congressional Rep when I lived in Montrose in the 90s. I’d happily trade her for the Teavangelical nutjob that represents me now.

  • Pete

    But how many electoral votes did Putin cast?

    • Mark

      306 that we know of…..

  • bsinps

    I’m a staunch liberal Democrat and I’ve now lost faith with the Dems in office of any future hope from them.

    • Todd20036

      Same. This is disgusting. Anyone want to guess who will defend us if Pence/Trump decide to build reeducation camps?

    • lenvus

      Same. But, I’ll be the first in line to vote for them if there is any hope of taking the chambers (House and Senate) and the White House back. I sure hope those voting independent for the presidency remember the moments of terror that are coming.

      • bsinps

        Oh I’ll continue to vote Democrat , but if we don’t get the party together full on and strong within the next 4 years it will be so difficult to ever gain credibility for a long time to come.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I don’t understand what would have been lost if they got the one extra senator and the protest failed. I don’t get it.

    • 2patricius2

      Nor do I. They are playing dead before the Drumpf is even in office.

      • Mark

        My guess is they are all so very certain that the russian connection will derail trump. Yes, let’s put all dem chickens in one basket….

        • Todd20036

          My guess is the trumpanzees are right about this much: democratic congressmen are a bunch of feckless wimps who won’t do a damn thing.

          I’d say they deserve to be rolled by the Nazis, but that hurts us too

    • clay

      Are they convinced that the only thing Putin’s left us is “a peaceful transition of power”? I’m not convinced the voter suppression and Russian engineering would be convincing arguments, but no mention of illegally seat Electors?

    • JCF

      Please don’t attack the messenger, but let me explain: the question isn’t why no Senator voted for it, but why these two Congresswomen did—namely, they represent UTTERLY SAFE Democratic districts. House members in safe districts have the liberty of “tilting at windmills” that Senators—yes, even in Blue California or Blue Massachusetts—don’t have. The Dem Senators figured that this measure had ZERO chance, would permanently alienate their GOP colleagues (not to mention Drumpf), would get them some ready-made attack ads against them and, last but not least, simply wouldn’t excite a large enough portion of their base to make a difference. As Bernie discovered, hard-core progressives are GREAT at making a lot of noise (think of his rallies), but simply aren’t numerous enough to make a difference against the counter-vailing factors. This concludes the explanation.

      Me? Sometimes, I think you have to tilt at some windmills.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsNJtTKdUec

      • Strepsi

        The fact that ANY Democrat is still even considering “would permanently alienate their GOP colleagues” — what?!

        They HATE Democrats. They won’t play with Democrats. They block and obstruct and insult and smear and libel Democrats indivually and as a class.

        They hate Dems, they hated them before, and they’ll still hate them.
        There was literally nothing to lose.

  • Mark

    they don’t bother to resist….and then wonder why dems don’t bother to vote….

  • Lazycrockett
    • PickyPecker

      I guess she just didn’t understand ‘the movement’ …or something.

  • DaddyRay

    2016 has finally claimed it’s last victim
    RIP: USA

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Duckworth and Durbin are my senators. I was about to contact both their offices as I’m very annoyed.

    But I stopped. I’m guessing that Duckworth as a brand new Senator, doesn’t want her first public stance to be on what will be a losing issue. Similarly, Durbin may be thinking there will be so much to fight that he might lose credibility taking a fighting stance against something that won’t end with a win.

    Sad, but perhaps strategic?

    • Mark

      I’m fucking annoyed as well.
      If the Dems had got their shit together – and voted unanimously for Powell – they probably could have lured enough repubs out to toss Donnie in the street. But, party. It’s all about party.

      Hope Schumer is comfortable being the head clown.

    • But what better way for a new Democrat Senator to *stay* in office? ‘Cause none of the incumbents are getting my vote next time around. If there is a next time around, of course…

  • 2patricius2

    What a bunch of wimpy senators. Not one would object. Not even Sanders or Warren. Pathetic!

    • MBear

      wasn’t she just tweeting about running for president or something?

      • 2patricius2

        I don’t know about that, but I don’t think there is any guarantee that Drumpf and/or his ilk will be out in 4 years. And if neither she nor any other Democratic Senator is willing to make things more difficult now, why can one think they will do anything more in the future.

        • MBear

          If they’re jockeying for position for a 4 year presidential campaign, they’re not IN the Senate focusing on what is going on now.

          Yes. Completely agree.
          Also frustrated with freakin 6 year presidential campaigns.

          • Does anyone here seriously believe that on this country’s current trajectory there will even BE another presidential election?

          • MBear

            Excellent point!
            Most likely and tragically correct, alas.

    • TuuxKabin

      Boxer? Isn’t she retiring? What harm would it have done to her?

      • Ore Carmi

        She’s not in the Senate anymore! She was the sole courageous senator who stood with the challenging Representatives in 2005. I already miss having Boxer as senator!

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    I just sent a message to Schumer and Gillibrand:

    “Had the effort by House Democrats gained support of a single senator, it would have delayed the confirmation of Trump’s victory by hours, forcing the Senate to retreat to its chamber and debate the merits of each challenged electoral vote.”
    WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU? You’ve lost one voter, forever.

    • Treant

      It’s time to start primarying those and replacing them with politicians that have spines.

      Unfortunately, my Senator is a right-wing jerk (Toomey), so first I have to work on getting his ass out of office…

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      PS–
      I phoned Sen. Gillibrand’s NYC office, and got the following message:
      Thank you for calling Senator Clinton’s office. You have reached the after-hours voicemail box.”
      Cyber-security, anyone?

      • JCF

        Seriously, Sen Gillibrand’s voicemail out-going message said “Senator Clinton”??? :-0

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          Uh-huh. Makes you wonder how up to date her malware protection is.

    • Bomer

      Not just one.

    • Ore Carmi

      I wrote my senators as well (Harris and Feinstein). A more pleasurable letter was to my Representative (Barbara Lee), to thank her.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        We need a few hundred more Barbara Lee’s.

        • Ore Carmi

          Amen!

  • Lena

    Thank you to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Rep. Barbara Lee for rising up to the occasion!

    • MaryOGrady

      Two great women.
      To me they are living arguments against term limits.

  • Treant

    Maybe they’re keeping their gunpowder dry?

    BWAHAHAHAH! Even I don’t buy that one.

    Elizabeth Warren, I now think so much less of you.

  • Frostbite

    Bah. I give up even caring about the Democratic Party after this. Even if it were symbolic it would have been something. Trump bent over for Putin and the Democrats bent over for Trump. The US, and probably the world, are screwed. Humanity had a nice run but it’s game over.

  • The_Wretched

    Anyone with Dem insider status know why they didn’t object? I mean not even Bernie? Franken? Warren? was it really all about the quiet hand off of power?

    FEDDEMS need to look like they give a shit.

  • turtle73

    Dear Senate Democrats:

    What part of “obstruct EVERYTHING” did you not understand?

    I’m almost glad both of my senators are trumpists. Saves me the effort of having to write a nastygram to their office telling them to do better.

  • Mike C

    We need new Democrats, badly. Remember the Tea Party. Do the same thing. We need a strong, LOUD series of very embarrassing primary challenges and wins as SOON as possible.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    Did they know that a number of their own electors also didn’t meet eligibility requirements, and that it would have blown up in their collective face? I wouldn’t be surprised in the least.

  • Ross

    This is an exact replay of 2000 when Al Gore stood before Congress and asked for support regarding the election.

    You can see this tragic scene play out in Fahrenheit 911.

    NOT ONE Senator stood up to support Gore. NOT ONE. Note even a single Democratic Senator. NOT ONE.

    You can see Gore’s face change as he realizes the horror. His face just crumples. His body just deflates. It is heartbreaking to watch.

    Thus, we ended up with George. And eight horrifying years. And 9/11.

    I am never donating again to the Democratic party or to any politician.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a17fec79de25bd7ad409721cd5aedbbaa4da8d416604ef3001939fa7b4520393.png

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      ya I just rewatched Fahrenheit 911 & realized he only needed 1 senator (I was young back then) to delay the confirmation
      DEMS HAVE NO BALLS.

  • Christopher

    Goodbye Democracy.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Your liberals need to grow a pair or get used to being shit on every day.

    No wonder the election was lost.

    • Ross

      No wonder the election was stolen.

      • JaniceInToronto

        It was legal. There weren’t enough Liberal votes in the right places, lots of liberals didn’t vote, or voted for the obvious losers. Stupid liberals.

        Our liberals aren’t much better. They get power and then invariably screw it all up. Next thing you know we have in infestation of Tories.

        I’m sending my thoughts and prayers to some random asteroid…

    • BillTheCat45

      Too late.

    • andrew

      Grow the fuck up. Participating in foolish stunts doesn’t prove the you have balls. It proves that you don’t have a functioning brain.

      • JaniceInToronto

        Nonsense. Liberals need to grow up and understand that not everyone thinks like them or is living in the same moral landscape. Then they need to grow a set and take the battle to the enemy instead of rolling over and letting the haters fuck them over some more.

        They’re either cowards or stupid at this point. Time to man up.

  • The Return of Traxley

    What. The. Absolute. Hell. You. Dumbasses.

  • canoebum

    Spineless fucking wimps, the whole lot. With this kind of resistance, I expect Der Herr will get his SCOTUS picks and we can kiss Obergefell v. Hodges good-bye. Dig into the boxes of VHS tapes in your attic and pull out your old copy of The Boys in the Band, because we’re going back there again.

    • Ross

      And kiss legal abortion good-bye, too.

      And, hey, maybe even interracial marriage will be made illegal again!

      And, hey, why not make segregation legal again! It worked for a long time, right?

      And, hey, why not take away the right of women to vote!

    • BillTheCat45

      Equal marriage being revoked will be the LEAST of the horrors coming this year. This country is over, done, kaput.

  • karmanot

    Seriously? Expect any Democrats to not kiss the ass/ring of our new dictator?

    • leastyebejudged

      IKR, why would it be any different now ?

  • Well, we had a good run, this country of ours. I’m sure the Romans, and the Greeks and even the Egyptians felt the same way as they saw their civilizations crumbling around them.

    So close. So very, very close…but no. It’s back to the dark ages—if not the stone age—we go.

  • ikahana

    Get that donkey to the Wizard and see if he has any courage in his bag that he didn’t give to the lion.

  • Bj Lincoln

    I am ready to stop voting again. I can NOT believe no one wanted to stand up and fight back! This was the last chance to make it right or at least show Drumpf we are NOT putting up with GOP shit! FUCK! My senator is going to get one nasty phone call! Shit!

    • Talisman

      To have my vote invalidated because of an ancient, rigged, and stupid system has turned me off politics.

      Because of the bias and complete lack of interest in covering the dumpster accurately, I also no longer watch or listen to the so-called news channels (except HLN in the morning when I’m getting ready for work).

      Now, the Democrats have shown that, as usual, they are just going to roll over and let the republicans.

      During Christmas, when my family started a political discussion, I walked out of the room or put in my earbuds. I have no hope for America or desire to participate in this deplorable society.

      • bob

        Leave! If you’re not playing, we don’t need you.

    • TuuxKabin

      Last night I was on hold for Sen. Gillibrand for 47 minutes. I finally spoke with an enthusiastic (sounded) young woman. I left my name and address and a message, encouraging Sen. Gillibrand to hopefully not be the only senator to join the congress. To stand up for the country.

      This afternoon el HubCap got thru and spoke of his disappointment to somebody who didn’t bother taking name and address, and rather sheepishly told him she would give the message to the senator. He added that he and his husband hope a more progressive challenger primaries her, that we would support an opponent to her seat. My turn Monday to her and numb nutts Schumer. Followed up by a fax to both offices. Barbara Boxer’s not running again. Californians should give her hell. Any and all senators should be roasted for this lack of resistance.

      • JCF

        Boxer’s ALREADY out of office: Harris was sworn in to replace her.

    • Ore Carmi

      I understand how you feel, but if you don’t vote, you’ll be doing the same thing these gutless senators did–failing to stand up and fight back! Even if our votes are suppressed, even if our votes are (purposely) miscounted, even if our elections are undermined by foreign interests, vile corporate influences, and a shitty media, I feel that we must vote in order to, in the very least, make a statement.

  • leastyebejudged

    so much for any moral high ground.

    • Bob Conti

      Gutless. Shit, you’d think Sanders would’ve signed on.

      • andrew

        Sanders and the other liberal democrat Senators are too smart to participate in this foolish stunt . Intelligent people fight those battles which they have a slight chance of winning and don’t waste their time on foolish stunts. In the words of V .P. Biden: Grow up.

      • Ore Carmi

        Thank you! I mean, I didn’t think Sanders would’ve signed on, but some of my Bernie-supporting friends who think he’s such a fighter have a lot to answer for, as far as I’m concerned

  • BillTheCat45

    HAHAHA it’s so adorable that any of you out there actually believed Dems had a spine. The lack thereof is why we now will be watching the US turn into a fascist wasteland. It’s over. Have fun with that everyone!

    • Ore Carmi

      Barbara Boxer had a spine when she stood with Representatives challenging the electoral vote in Jan. 2005.

  • bob

    I can smell the desperation through my computer.

  • J Ascher

    Not one fucking Democratic senator would stand to defend the country from a scourge like Trump? May they all burn in Hell.

    • andrew

      The many intelligent liberal democrat Senators, know this is a foolish stunt with no chance of success and a waste of their time, and in case you don’t already know it, hell is silly myth.

  • Ken Upton

    Just to be accurate, he doesn’t actually have to take the oath of office. He now will become President automatically on January 20.

  • And on the same day we find out the Russians were hacked into multiple local & state election centers. I think I’m about to say goodbye to the Dems. Like a fair-weather friend, they were nice to us when it was easy, but because they won’t stand up for all of America when it gets a little more tough. We are about to lose all we’ve gained…

  • SDG

    Because the Democrats have NO BALLS!

  • Ore Carmi

    Man, the video at the link. Paul Ryan’s laugh when Joe Biden exclaims “It is over” is just disgusting. Disgusting. I fucking hate Republicans. Hate them with a passion.

  • Homo Erectus
  • SophieCT

    It reminded me of 2000 all over again.

  • karmanot

    Typical weak weasel Democrats!

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    Poor sods. Dems think if Trump isn’t sworn in chaos will ensue and its best to have an illegitimate president than taking this mess to the Supreme Court again.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/09/14/what-happens-if-a-u-s-presidential-candidate-withdraws-or-dies-before-the-election-is-over/?utm_term=.a7c03e3387dc