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Trump Signs “Loyalty” Pledge; Big Lead in New Poll

Donald Trump on Thursday signed the Republican National Committee pledge saying he will support the Republican nominee — and therefore not run as an independent candidate — if he loses the GOP nod.

Trump, who spoke during a news conference at his New York City headquarters, was under pressure to sign the agreement because he might not be able to get on the ballot in some primary states if he didn’t.

The billionaire was his usual freewheeling, entertaining self, calling Jeb Bush “low energy,” as he usually does, and announcing that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was getting out of the race. Perry, who is polling in the low single digits, soon appeared on Fox News to declare that he, in fact, was still in the race.

The most recent Monmouth University national poll shows Trump continuing to dominate the race, with hardly a challenger in sight. He is at 30 percent, a 4-point increase from early August, with his nearest rival, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, at only 18 percent.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has declined by 4 points to 8 percent, where he is tied with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Carly Fiorina, who has had somewhat of a boomlet as of late, is at 4 percent, tied with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and just behind Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who gets 5 percent of the vote.

But in a sign that Trump’s appeal is potentially not as broad as others’ in the race, he would lose a head-to-head matchup with Carson by 55-36 percent. Trump beats all other Republican candidates, but he is only seven points ahead of Ted Cruz, 48 percent to 41 percent. He wallops Jeb Bush by 56 percent to 37 percent.

Trump’s favorables have risen seven points in the last month, standing at 59 percent compared to 29 percent who view him unfavorably.

This piece originally appeared in PoliZette.

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16 Responses to Trump Signs “Loyalty” Pledge; Big Lead in New Poll

  1. I’d love to a fly on the wall of one of the mega donors to Jeb. The GOPe are currently consulting with their cardiologists and primary caregivers and are upping their BP meds as I write.

    Let the good times and heads roll!

  2. as some of you may know (if anyone reads my comments!) I’m not a big Trump fan. but I liked this. loyalty is good, and this shows that he isn’t just in it for the greater glory of Donald Trump.

    I also agreed with him about the speaking-English thing. I mean, it’s great if you know other languages–I wish I did–but if you live in America you really should speak English.

    anyway, I don’t think we really have to worry about Jeb! too much. if he sinks any lower Carly will be able to take HIS place on the debate stage.

    • And by having all the candidates signing the “pledge”, they are committed to supporting Trump, should he win the nomination. It was silly exercise, but I suppose it all worked out.

    • Since when do we tell people what they should speak–this is truly freedom of speech! Why not eliminate all foreign lang requirements in school–we are America, English only or else.

  3. Hmmmph. That was a bust.
    Not learning a thing from MsKelly’s attack on MrTrump during the debate, the GOPe thought they had a winner scheme – pfft.

    Beep Beep – the road runner wins again.

  4. He just did what he needed to do. He can rediscover his position later or what ever Omuslam empty suit says when he changes his mind.

    The GOP are frauds and crooks just like them Dems.
    Go the Donald, give em hell!

    Move your money cause I hope the market crash s and Obummer gets blamed!