Independent bid decision imminent

Donald Trump promised Saturday to make an announcement "very soon" on whether he will rule out running as an independent candidate, saying that "a lot of people are going to be very happy."

To appear on the South Carolina GOP primary ballot, the Republican presidential candidate must pledge by Sept. 30 that he will not launch an independent or third-party bid if he fails to win the nomination. State parties have been trying to put the squeeze on the billionaire businessman, who has yet to rule out a potential spoiler role.

Trump has refused to firmly close the door on such a move, most notably during the Fox News debate this month.

Speaking to the press after an hourlong speech to the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, the New Yorker said "the Republican Party has been treating me very, very fairly."

"All I ask is fairness," he said. "Over the next couple of weeks, you're going to see some things that are very interesting."