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Why Trump could be the 'spoiler' of 2016

Even if he does not win the Republican nomination, he may run as an independent candidate - which will allow him to play the role of kingmaker.

Since last summer, Mr Trump has led a majority of national polls of Republican identifiers, and now has a plausible chance of becoming the party's nominee.

THE 2016 US election season kicks off this month with the final Republican and Democratic presidential debates in advance of early February's Iowa caucus. While Hillary Clinton is very likely to become the Democratic nominee, the Republican race's outcome is much more uncertain.