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Would House Speaker Ryan not be the obvious beneficiary if neither Clinton or Trump got 270 ev? Would he have to stand in the General Election to qualify or could anyone enter to prevent any candidate reaching 270 ev? Could Jeb! or Romney stand to deny anyone 270 ev? It's hard to see anyone breaking up the Dem/GOP duopoly and actually winning enough EV to prevent anyone reaching 270. A Sanders run would more likely enable Trump to win.
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Yes, Paul Ryan could be in a good position. But states start closing independent registration soon (North Carolina on June 9, etc), and thousands of signatures have to be gathered.
If the election would be as close as in 2000, a few leaked votes could mean a big circus. Low probability, surely. If an establishment Repub would be preferable while Hilary sinking, fielding yet more candidates to chip away from Trump might help.
Given the usual bland personality choice among the candidates, a charismatic and socially savvy candidate would certainly draw attention regardless of political inclination - not unlike Trump now. There is definitely some vacuum bordering at electorate expectations.
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