What happens if Mike Pence becomes Trump’s vice presidential pick?
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A pair of key potential running mates for Donald Trump have taken their names out of consideration, but Gov. Mike Pence remains in the mix.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told the Washington Post that he was withdrawing from consideration. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) all but removed herself from the race, telling Politico that she was focused on Iowa and the Senate. Ernst threw her support behind Pence, calling herself “a Mike Pence fan.”
Others reportedly under consideration for the VP post include former House speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
What happens if Trump selects Pence as his vice presidential candidate? There are a number of guidelines set forth by the Indiana Election Division.
Pence has until noon on Friday, July 15, to remove his name from the gubernatorial ballot. He’d have to do that because state law prohibits him from running for governor and vice president. Trump will reportedly name his running mate by July 15.
If Pence decides to accept, the Republican State Committee would have 30 days to choose his replacement.
The state committee includes two members from each of the nine congressional districts and four officers (state chairman, state vice chair, state party secretary and state party treasurer). With 22 members, 12 votes are required to win.
The state committee must give 10 days’ written notice of a meeting by first class mail to the persons eligible to vote at the state committee meeting and also file a copy of the meeting notice no later than noon 10 days before meeting with the Election Division.
Those interested in taking Pence’s place on the ballot must file a declaration of candidacy with both the chairman of the meeting and the Election Division at least 72 hours before the time set for the committee meeting.