Trump Says He Won't Leave Race Before Republican Convention

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has held onto his status as front-runner with a nearly iron grip. According to Huffpost Pollster, Trump has been leading the polls since July and nationally he holds an 18-point lead over his next closest competitor, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Even if Trump plummets in the polls, he said he won’t drop out of the race before the Republican Convention in July 2016, where the party’s next presidential candidate will be chosen.

"There's no maybes…I'm going all the way," he told Chuck Todd of NBC's "Meet the Press" on Jan. 10. "If I don't win, I don't win."

Still, Trump has admitted in the past that he’s flirted with the idea of leaving before the convention if he was unable to perform in the polls.

"I'm not a masochist," he said NBC's "Meet the Press" in October, according to CBS News. "And if I was dropping in the polls, where I saw that I wasn't gonna win, why would I continue?"

Sources: Huffpost Pollster, NBC, CBS News / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2)