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In 'major announcement,' Trump says he'll accept election results — on one condition


"Absent of widespread abuse and irregularities."

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks out to the audience during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Donald Trump said Thursday that he will "totally accept" the results of the Nov. 8 election — but he added one major caveat to that promise.

"I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win," Trump said at a campaign event in Delaware, Ohio.

The "major announcement," as Trump characterized it, came after the Republican nominee refused to answer at the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas if he would accept the results of the election either way.

“I will tell you at the time — I will keep you in suspense, OK,” Trump said.

But the next morning, Trump clarified his comment by saying that he would accept the election results if there's nothing "questionable."

"I would accept a clear election result, but I would also reserve my right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result," Trump later said at his Ohio event.

The statement echoes what Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN's Dana Bash following Wednesday's debate.

"Donald Trump is going to accept the result of the election because he's going to win the election," Conway said. Pressed on whether she would advise Trump on election night to concede the race if he loses, Conway said she would, "absent of widespread abuse and irregularities."

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