Donald Trump hinted Sunday that even if he fails to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, he likely won't run as a third-party candidate.
Once considered a long-shot candidate, the real estate mogul has risen in early primary polls. Many Republicans have voiced their concerns that if he doesn't win the GOP nomination, he might run as an independent — something he hadn't yet ruled out.
However in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper broadcast Sunday, Trump said running as a third-party presidential candidate only benefits the Democrats.
"Everybody asks me to do it. ... And I think ... I'd get a lot of votes," he said. "But the best way of defeating the Democrats, and probably Hillary — I think it's going to be Hillary — is to run as a Republican."
"If I do the third party thing it would be I think very bad for the Republicans," Trump added. "I think it would be very bad in terms of beating the Democrats. And we have to win."