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Financial Times Quotes Trevor Potter on Barriers to Donald Trump's Running as an Independent

March 17, 2016, Financial Times

Caplin & Drysdale's Trevor Potter spoke with the Financial Times concerning Donald Trump's chances of winning the presidency if he chose to run as an independent.For the full article, please visit Financial Times'  website (subscription required).

Excerpt taken from the article.

Trevor Potter, a former Federal Election Commission chairman who advised Michael Bloomberg as the former New York mayor was considering his own independent run, said there were big barriers that would grow over time.

"Any thought that Trump might run as an independent is a complete fantasy if he waits until late May or early June to decide, because he would not have time to get on enough state ballots to win the presidency," said Mr. Potter. "After May 9th, he will have missed the Texas ballot, with its huge number of electoral votes."

But Mr. Potter cautioned that while Mr. Trump would be unable to mount a successful independent campaign by waiting that long, he could still get on the ballot in a number of states, which could spoil the chances of the GOP winning the White House by taking votes away from the eventual nominee.


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