Tue 10 Jan, 2012 09:28 am
If a President-Elect dies, who is the next US President?
The obvious answer is "the vice president," but you're asking about the period between the election and inauguration day, when someone else is still president (if it's not a second term, anyway)?
Section 3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.
But President-Elect only exists between election and Inauguration, so that is the time frame I meant