Trump signs pledge to back GOP’s 2016 presidential nominee

Donald Trump
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland. If Trump shows up for jury duty in New York on Monday, Aug. 17 _ he’s failed to appear five times since 2006 _ he will join a long list of celebrities who have made the trip to lower Manhattan to sit with hundreds of others who could be picked to decide trials. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump says he has signed a Republican loyalty pledge to back the GOP’s 2016 nominee for president and skip a potential third-party bid.

The billionaire businessman and presidential candidate roiled the GOP race when he refused to make such a promise in the campaign’s first debate.

The front-runner was the only candidate on stage not to make the commitment to back whoever emerges from the party’s primaries.

A third-party bid by Trump could harm the GOP’s efforts to take back the White House after eight years of Democratic President Barack Obama.

The Republican National Committee extended the pledge to all the candidates seeking the party’s nomination to avoid such a scenario.

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