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Ohio Secretary Of State Says Trump Can't Launch Third-Party Run

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According to Husted's spokesman, a candidate can only run as a third-party candidate in Ohio if they "disaffiliate" from another party in "good faith." The spokesman says that Trump is too far entangled in the GOP primary to back out as a Republican now.

"Since Donald Trump has filed a declaration of candidacy with our office as a Republican, has filed with Federal Election Commission as a Republican candidate, and voluntarily took part in the Republican presidential debates, the first of which was held in Ohio, there is no way for Mr. Trump to disaffiliate from the Republican Party 'in good faith' during this election cycle," Husted spokesman Joshua Eck told the Plain Dealer.

If Trump really were ineligible to run as a third-party candidate in the key swing state of Ohio, it would undercut his leverage with the GOP at large and seriously undermine his ability to launch a credible third-party campaign.