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Karl Rove: Trump Out of Time for 'Empty Threat' of Third-Party Race

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Donald Trump may have left the door open for a third-party run if he's denied the GOP presidential nomination, but Republican political strategist Karl Rove Thursday called that an "empty threat," as there is not enough time left for him to mount an independent bid.

"By the time the Republican National Convention begins on July 18 in Cleveland, 12 states will have closed their deadlines to run as an independent candidate in the fall," Rove said on Fox News' "Happening Now" program, outlining the numerous states, including Texas, North Carolina, Michigan and more that will have closed out their deadlines.

"A quarter for the states, more than a quarter of the states, have already closed the likelihood that he can get on the ballot, and then there are about more than a dozen that close within the next two weeks, including a couple key battleground states that he would want to be competitive in if he had any hope at all of winning the presidency."

Rove outlined the places where Trump would not be able to file in time for an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday:
  • Texas: Deadline, May 9, for a declaration of candidacy, slate of electors and signatures of about 80,000 registered voters, or one percent of state turnout during the 2012 presidential contest.
  • Several more have deadlines before the convention starts: Colorado, June 6; Vermont, June 16; North Carolina, June 24; Illinois, June 27; Rhode Island, June 29; New Mexico, June 30; Georgia, July 12; Florida, Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, July 15. In some states, like Colorado and North Carolina, thousands of signatures are also needed.
  • Michigan: Deadline, July 21, the day planned for the nominee's acceptance speech, with about 30,000 signatures required.
  • In the two weeks after the convention ends: Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, Aug. 1; South Dakota and Wisconsin, Aug. 2.
Meanwhile, Rove said, Trump is promising to act "more presidential," but he's immediately falling back into his old habits of calling rivals Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton names.

But Trump does have good days ahead, including next Tuesday among the northeastern states, but after that, the primaries head west to Nebraska, Indiana, and California.

"We are all talking about California but Indiana, if it goes for Trump, will give him a better shot at getting that 1,237," said Rove. "If Indiana goes against Trump, in all likelihood he will not get 1,237 on the first ballot."

But, said Rove, Trump doesn't "seem to understand" the two step process behind apportioning delegates.

"You apportion the delegates and bind them for one or two or in a few instances three ballots or more in a series of primaries and then you select the delegates in party conventions in district and state levels," said Rove. "Seventy-two percent of the delegates are chosen that way, 28 percent are either directly elected or chosen by the candidate himself and in that second process where you select the delegates, he has no organization, no ground game."

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Donald Trump may have left the door open for a third-party run if he's denied the GOP presidential nomination, but Republican political strategist Karl Rove Thursday called that an "empty threat," as there is not enough time left for him to mount an independent bid.
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