Trump pledges allegiance to GOP, rules out independent bid

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Washington( CNN) Donald Trump perpetrated Tuesday to not running for chairman as an independent — an idea he has floated in the past — during the CNN hosted Republican debate.

Trump said Thursday that he is “totally committed to the Republican Party” and said he feels “very honored to be the front-runner” after he was asked whether he was ready to commit to not running as a third-party nominee.

Trump said that he has “gained great respect for the Republican leadership” in recent weeks as well as his fellow Republican nominees for chairman.

Just last week, Trump floated the possibility of launching a third party bid. Republican — including the Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus — roundly blamed his proposal to bar all foreign Muslims from entering the United States.

As if firing a warn shoot, Trump last week tweeted the results of a poll that showed that two-thirds of his supporters would vote for him should he leave the Republican Party and seek an independent bid.

Trump signed a allegiance pledge to the Republican Party in September — vowing to support the Republican nominee and not operate as an independent — but has since insisted that that pledge was contingent on the GOP treating him “fairly.”

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