Donald Trump Again Refuses to Rule Out Running As an Independent

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the CNN Debate in Miami on March 10, 2016. (Credit: RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the CNN Debate in Miami on March 10, 2016. (Credit: RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump refused on Sunday to rule out running as an independent if he fails to win the Republican presidential nomination, renewing a threat that party leaders thought they had quashed months ago.

“I want to run as a Republican. I will beat Hillary Clinton,” Trump said on “Fox News Sunday.”

When pressed to rule out an independent run, the New York billionaire said, “I’m gonna have to see how I was treated. It’s very simple.”

The prospect that Trump will launch an insurgent third party run and draw his ardent supporters away from a rival Republican nominee, widening the divisions in the GOP, is a nightmare scenario for party leaders.

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