Presidential candidates impacting other races

Posted at 6:53 PM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 19:24:57-04

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail after another fiery debate, which was watched by nearly 70 million people.

Trump spoke at a rally in Ohio and said he will accept the results of the election,under one circumstance.
“I will totally accept the results... if I win,” said Trump.

Trump continued to say he would of course accept a clear election result, but reserves the right to file any legal challenges in case of a quote questionable result.

However, it's those type of comments that have his fellow republicans on edge.

Marco Rubio is distancing himself from Trump, saying elections are not rigged in this country and vowing not to use Wikileaks to criticize Hillary Clinton.

On the other hand, Republican congressional candidate Brian Mast, who is in a tough fight with Democrat Randy Perkins, is sticking with Trump.

NewsChannel 5 spoke with Mast Thursday morning, and unlike Rubio, Mast tried to explain Trump’s answer about trusting the election results and said if the election were tomorrow Donald Trump would still have his vote.

During Wednesday night’s debate the moderator asked Trump if he would accept the outcome of the presidential election.

“What I’m saying is I’ll tell you at the time,” explained Trump. "I think it’s a fair reaction for anyone on either side of the isle to say."

That’s how Mast responded to Trump’s answer from the debate.

"You never know what’s going to happen with voter fraud in all 50 states, in every individual precinct, there could be any number of things that’s up for grabs there,” said Mast.

Mast himself used caution when asked the same question.

“Given that there’s nothing that has to be addressed in terms of some sort of serious allegations of fraud, yeah I’m going to absolutely accept what the outcomes of this election are.”

Mast said the same pressure should be put on his democratic opponent Randy Perkins.

"I've yet to hear people on the democratic side have to answer for the inexcusable actions of Hillary Clinton,” said Mast.

We did catch up with Perkins and asked about all of the allegations against Hillary Clinton.

“We're not talking about emails and foundations, we're talking about words out of a man’s mouth who wants to sit in the oval office and be the most powerful person on this planet, who degrades women, who talks about sexual assault,” said Perkins. 

Perkins said he believes anyone who still supports Trump is sending a bad message to our younger generations.