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Yeah, it’s far-fetched, but what would happen if Hillary actually DID drop out of the race?

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Hillary Clinton may have dismissed previous questions about her health but her collapse on Sunday renewed speculation about whether the 68 year-old Democratic nominee is fit to continue her presidential campaign.

After abruptly leaving a 9/11 memorial service in New York, video showed Clinton being helped into a van as she appeared to collapse, sparking questions about the possibility of her dropping out of the White House race.

Clinton later insisted she felt fine and even her husband, former President Bill Clinton, dismissed worries of anything more serious, explaining that she has a history of these episodes.

But the hypothetical question of her withdrawing from the race seemed to be real for establishment Democrats who almost immediately began to panic.

Democratic insiders were “nervously beginning to whisper” about Clinton dropping out, according to journalist Cokie Roberts.

“The fact that it comes now when the polls are tightening and Democrats are already saying that Hillary was the only candidate who could not beat Trump and it is taking her off of the campaign trail, canceling her trip to California – it has them very nervously beginning to whisper about having her step aside and finding another candidate,” she said Monday on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

Roberts thought it was “unlikely” but invoked the name of Joe Biden as a replacement.

“I think it is unlikely to be a real thing,” she said. “And I’m sure it is an overreaction of an already skittish party. But you know, they have looked at what happens in that circumstance. The Democratic National Committee chair convenes the committee and they vote. Now ironically, the candidate who everybody looks at is Joe Biden, who is older than Hillary Clinton. But then again, so is Donald Trump and by the way we know nothing about his health.”

According to the bylaws of the Democratic National Committee, “a special meeting to fill a vacancy on the National ticket shall be held on the call of the Chairperson,” and any questions “shall be determined by majority vote of those members present and voting in person or by proxy.”

The very idea of replacing Clinton had some celebrating the return of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

With the questions raised, social media users joined in the speculation and commentary

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Frieda Powers

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