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DECISION 2000 / AMERICA WAITS

If New Running Mate Were Needed . . .

November 23, 2000

The process would vary depending on whether the decision came before or after the Dec. 18 meeting of state electors:

BEFORE DEC. 18

1. George W. Bush would choose a new running mate.

2. The Republican National Committee would meet to ratify his choice.

3. Bush would ask electors to cast their votes for his new designee.

AFTER DEC. 18

1. The 25th Amendment on succession would take effect.

2. The president would nominate a candidate.

3. The House and Senate would need to confirm, by a majority vote.

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Sources: Associated Press, Cornell University

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