Republican leader says party candidates shouldn't run as independents

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures at a news conference near the U.S.- Mexico border outside of Laredo, TexasBy Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the Republican Party said on Monday party candidates running for the White House in 2016 should vow not to run as independents, a move that could give Democrats the edge in the presidential race. “I think our candidates should pledge not to run as a third party candidate,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told NBC News in an interview.

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