Republican officials are discussing how to replace Republican nominee Donald Trump if he decides to drop out of the race, according to ABC News.
There is no mechanism to force Trump to exit the race. Trump would have to voluntarily leave the race — so far he has not signaled that he wants to quit the race.
If Trump did decide to leave the race the 168 members of the Republican National Committee would have to choose a successor. Due to the complexity of the process, legal experts told the RNC that Trump would have to drop out by early September to give the party enough time to choose his replacement.
NBC News reported that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is furious Donald Trump’s refusal to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan or Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona).
In an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday, Trump said that he is “not quite there yet” in terms of endorsing Ryan. On Monday, Trump tweeted praise of Ryan’s primary opponent.
Priebus reportedly called the Trump campaign to voice his “extreme displeasure,” according to NBC News.
Here are the RNC’s rules for filling a vacancy on a presidential ticket:
(a) 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.
(b) In voting under this rule, the Republican National Committee members representing any state shall be entitled to cast the same number of votes as said state was entitled to cast at the national convention.
(c) In the event that the members of the Republican National Committee from any state shall not be in agreement in the casting of votes hereunder, the votes of such state shall be divided equally, including fractional votes, among the members of the Republican National Committee present or voting by proxy.
(d) No candidate shall be chosen to fill any such vacancy except upon receiving a majority of the votes entitled to be cast in the election.