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Bulk of Trump Supporters Would Back Third-Party Bid

Nineteen percent of respondents in the poll overall said they would definitely or probably vote for him if he ran third-party in a general election.
US billionaire Donald Trump (C) is pictured as he arrives at the Women's British Open Golf Championships in Turnberry, Scotland, on July 30, 2015.

US billionaire Donald Trump (C) is pictured as he arrives at the Women's British Open Golf Championships in Turnberry, Scotland, on July 30, 2015.

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Donald Trump could take a major chunk of his support with him to a third-party bid if the Republican Party ultimately fires him in the presidential nomination race, a Bloomberg Politics poll shows.

The national survey, conducted ahead of Thursday's first presidential debate, shows almost two-thirds of registered voters who identify as Republican and back the billionaire would definitely or probably support him in a third-party bid.