Trump, Carson have months to decide on third-party runs

In this Dec. 10, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump gestures during an address at a regional police union meeting in Portsmouth, N.H. Trump and Ben Carson could dangle the possibility of independent runs for president well into the primary season next year, but they can’t wait forever. State filing deadlines would give the two Republicans until about March 2016 to launch independent or third-party campaigns, experts said. That would give a well-financed campaign enough time to gather sufficient signatures on petitions so the candidate could appear on the ballot in every state. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Ben Carson could dangle the possibility of independent runs for president well into the primary season next year, but they can’t wait forever.

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