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Why Donald Trump won't run as a spoiler candidate

Why Donald Trump won't run as a spoiler candidate

Voters' disgust with the current political setup is firing Donald Trump's presidential bid. Yet Trump has latched himself onto the epitome of politics-as-usual: the Republican Party and its primary process.

What's keeping Trump, who is polling well among right-leaning independents, from making an independent run, GOP be damned?

Numerous polls and other data suggest that voters are eager for choices from outside the mainstream. More than half the respondents to a 2011 Gallup poll said they want a third party. In a 2014 Gallup poll, 42% of voters identified as independent — most lean left or right, but don't want to be called Republicans or Democrats.

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