(Washington Post) As I was wrapping up a phone call with my mother recently, she mentioned she had just one more question for me: Exactly what happens if a U.S. presidential candidate decides to withdraw from the race after the nominating convention has passed?
After about 15 minutes of trying to go through the various scenarios, I realized that I needed some expert help. Fortunately, my colleague Richard Pildes, a New York University School of Law professor who is one of the nation’s leading authorities on election law and author of “Romanticizing Democracy, Political Fragmentation, and the Decline of American Government” was kind enough to answer my questions via email. What follows is a lightly edited version of our discussion. […]
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