The rush of events leading up to Christmas have Jack and everybody else on edge as pressures mount for Sam to deliver the votes. 

Slanetti is pressured by President Norwalk to deliver the votes. He follows Matt to Miami where disaster happens & someone dies. 

Matt and Patricia continue their secret affair by joining Jack at Flagler Hall in Miami. 

Lucy Azzinaro tells Derek she needs $100,000 to keep quiet. Or else. 

Fernando Pozo worries that his min-empire in Miami has a weak link.

Note: This is a Part 3 of the prequel to THE RUNNING MATE, with many of the same characters, and occurs 4 years earlier.