Not to borrow trouble, but, as a candidate who is Triple Q'd, what options do I have if I don't get a nomination from my senators or representative? Does anyone ever get a nomination from a senator or congressman outside their state? Is it worth to look for one if I don't get one from my senators or rep? As I understand it, my representative gets to submit a list of 10 names to the Academy. It's hard to imagine that with my academic and extracurricular record, I wouldn't get one of those spots, but I am a bit worried about the role politics might play in the process.