Source: Maggie Habermann / Politico
Donald Trump, who recently pulled out of moderating a Newsmax-sponsored GOP debate that only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would commit to, has switched his voter registration to “independent,” a source confirms.
The move was made yesterday, and will make Trump a registered “blank” — used interchangeably with “registered independent” in New York political parlance — but not right away.
A Board of Elections spokeswoman hasn’t responded to a call for comment about when it would take effect, but sources familiar with the city’s BoE rules say that Trump missed the cutoff allowing his registration switch to take effect for next year. This means that, while he has filed the paperwork, he can technically still vote in the GOP primary and won’t become an independent until after the November 2012 general election.
Trump has not been a lifelong Republican, and in some ways his move mirrors the path that Mike Bloomberg took — Democrat to Republican to independent.
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