Trump says he’ll honor results – if he wins

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listen during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listen during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

12:50 p.m.

Donald Trump is mocking his much-derided comment at the presidential debate that he might not accept the results of the election.

Trump kicked off a rally Thursday in Delaware, Ohio, by saying that he “would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supports and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election.”

But he added: “If I win.”

Trump is continuing to raise concerns about the integrity of the election, despite a lack of evidence of widespread voter fraud in the country.

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12:05 p.m.

President Barack Obama is hailing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s debate performance.

Obama tweeted on Thursday: “Outstanding 3 for 3 debate sweep for HillaryClinton! Nobody has ever been more prepared to be POTUS.”

The White Obama is also contrasting Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the election results with Obama’s promise to follow tradition and escort the winner to the Capitol for the inauguration, regardless of who wins.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz said aboard Air Force One “that will be some car ride” if Trump wins. But he said it is in the best interest of the nation.

He was speaking as Obama flies to Miami to encourage enrollment in health insurance coverage and to campaign at a separate event for Clinton.

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7:45 a.m.

Donald Trump has dominated the Twitter conversation surrounding the third and final presidential debate.

Twitter says that the Republican nominee was the subject of nearly 60 percent of the tweets sent about the candidates.

The social media platform says the top tweeted moment was Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s discussion about treatment of women. The second most tweeted was Trump’s refusal to say if he’ll accept the results of the election should he lose.

According to Google Trends, the top issues researched were both candidates’ stances on abortion, immigration and guns. It says people also googled the Clinton foundation, Trump’s position on the Iraq war, and questions regarding Clinton’s emails during her time as secretary of state.

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3:45 a.m.

Threatening to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused to say he will accept the results of next month’s election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump’s resistance “horrifying.”

Trump had spent the days leading up to Wednesday’s presidential debate warning voters that the election would be “rigged.” Asked whether he would accept the outcome if Clinton emerges victorious, he said: “I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.”

Some Republicans recoiled at Trump’s startling statement. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said his party’s nominee was doing the country a “great disservice” by suggesting the election is rigged and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake called Trump’s comments “beyond the pale.”

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