Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promises to accept the results of the November 8 election, if he wins, after refusing to answer that question at Wednesday night's debate. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told supporters on Thursday (October 20) that he will accept the outcome of the November election, but added an important caveat - if he wins. The announcement came in Delaware, Ohio, one day after Trump refused to commit to that at the third and final presidential debate. Trump's refusal, which his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton called "horrifying," was the standout remark of their third and final debate. It ratcheted up claims that Trump has made for weeks and has intensified in recent days that the election is being rigged against him. Asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he was not prepared to commit to a peaceful transition of power, the businessman-turned-politician replied: "What I'm saying is that I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense. OK?" Trump's answer still leaves doubt about his final decision, and comes as he is trying to shore up flagging poll numbers. With national opinion polls showing Clinton's lead over him increasing in recent days, Trump has stepped up allegations that the election is being rigged. He has not offered evidence and numerous studies have shown that the U.S. election system, which is decentralized and run by the states, is sound.