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Republicans in three states might keep Donald Trump out of their primaries

Donald Trump kicked off the first Republican presidential with controversy by admitting that he would not rule out a third-party White House bid in the event that he does not secure the GOP nomination.

Republican leaders in three East Coast states – Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina – are considering the addition of a new requirement, based on this specific issue, that could keep Trump off of their primary ballots.

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South Carolina, for example, would require candidates to vow that they support “the nominees and platforms of the Republican Party in the November 8, 2016 general election” before their names would be added.

Former Trump strategist Roger Stone concluded that the effort could backfire, tweeting that this “kind of thing” might make the brash billionaire “bolt the GOP” and pursue and independent candidacy.

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