Donald Trump blasts Virginia GOP for voter loyalty pledge

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In this Dec. 16, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Mesa, Ariz. It can be hard to see where Trump the business ends and Trump the presidential candidate begins. When rivals level political attacks, the Republican front-runner’s company attorneys threaten lawsuits on corporate letterhead. When his campaign needs event space, private businesses sometimes provide it for free. (AP Photo/Matt York)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Donald Trump has blasted the Republican Party of Virginia via Twitter for its plan to require that 2016 primary voters sign a statement confirming they are Republicans.

According to media outlets, Trump says the requirement could discourage independent and first-time voters from casting primary ballots in Virginia, where primaries are open to all registered voters. In one of a series of tweets, Trump wrote that the requirement is a “suicidal mistake.”

The Virginia State Board of Elections certified Dec. 16 that voters in the Mar. 1 Republican presidential primary will have sign a form that says: “My signature below indicates that I am a Republican.”

Virginia GOP Executive Director John Findlay said earlier this month that the requirement is a sensible step to ensure that Republican voters pick the Republican nominee.

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