The Florida Republican Party will require 2024 presidential candidates to sign a loyalty pledge in order to participate in the state’s primary next year.

The state GOP filed the new requirement with state election officials this week, cornering some Republican candidates who have resisted the idea of a loyalty pledge. Such a pledge would require candidates to endorse the ultimate winner of the Republican primary regardless of who wins the nomination.

Both former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would have to make the pledge, despite refusing to commit to such a thing thus far.

“We were trying to be consistent with what the debate was requiring,” Evan Power, vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida, told Politico. “I don’t think this will come as a surprise.”

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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, and former President Trump, right. (Getty Images)

Trump, however, has resisted the idea, telling radio host Hugh Hewitt that his endorsement “would have to depend on who the nominee was.”

DeSantis has also dodged opportunities to commit to supporting Trump if he wins the nomination. The Florida governor was asked about whether he would endorse Trump in June.

“It’s an important process and, you know, you respect the process, and you respect the people’s decisions how this goes. But I’m very confident that those decisions are going to be positive for us,” he responded.

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