After a brief lull the race for the Republican nomination is about to enter a pivotal stretch. Over the past week, Donald Trump’s Teflon armor has started to scratch, and criticism seems to be sticking. That has been evident in what some have termed “Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week.” A week that went beyond staff problems and touched on very real questions about where Trump actually stands on the issues. Research, done right here at CR, also showed that Trump’s path to an independent bid, should he come up short in Cleveland, has effectively been closed. Now more than ever it’s Cleveland or bust for the top two candidates in the race.
The notion of an independent Trump campaign has forever been put to rest. Here’s what CR found:
Based on the responses so far, Trump can run in the majority of states as an independent. However, he is barred from running as a third-party candidate in some states; those states and their electoral votes add up to over 35 percent of all electoral votes.
Sixteen states confirmed to Conservative Review that they have sore-loser laws which apply to presidential candidates: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. Some of these states include Trump’s strongest area of support, like Alabama, West Virginia, Georgia, and Arizona.
CR finds that Trump would be ineligible to run for 211 electoral votes. Couple that with the states in which filing deadlines occur before the convention is over, no party candidate could compete for a majority of the Electoral College as an independent. Not even Trump.
– See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/04/potus-updates-was-this-week-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-trump#sthash.Y596O9H2.dpuf
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