State Parties Trying To Make It Harder For Trump To Get On GOP Primary Ballot

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August 25, 2015 10:12 a.m.

As Donald Trump continues to garner attention and traction in the polls, two state Republican parties are trying to place obstacles in the real estate mogul’s path to the Republican nomination.

The Republican parties in Virginia and North Carolina are both considering forcing candidates to sign a pledge that they will not run as an independent in order to qualify for the GOP primary ballot, according to Politico. The move could either keep Trump off of the ballot or keep him from launching an independent bid if he loses the Republican nomination.

Virginia GOP Chairman John Whitbeck told Politico that the pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee “isn’t about any single candidate.” He said that the party is considering numerous new rules.

“It happens to be one of the things that we are discussing for the 2016 primary,” he said.

Republican officials in North Carolina have been consulting lawyers as to how to implement the new rule, according to Politico. Both parties will have to submit final rules to the Republican National Committee by Oct. 1.

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