VIA| For several months now, the establishment right and the liberal left have waited for the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump to halt, crash and burn.
But according to The Week, Trump looks like he’s going to make out like a bandit in the GOP primary, perhaps even “run the table.”
“Trump not only could win — he could win more decisively than any non-incumbent Republican contestant for the nomination since the dawn of the modern primary system,” according to the analysis.
While polls can be factually feeble, they often present an accurate representation of how votes will actually shake out on election day.
With that being said, Trump has been leading in the New Hampshire polls by double digits — since August. The most viable challenger for the rest of the primary elections around the country could stem directly from the contender that comes in second place in New Hampshire.
The Week stated that “at this point John Kasich is lined up behind Trump, but Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, and even Jeb Bush are all said to have a shot.”
The runner-up is projected to be an establishment-friendly candidate.
In Iowa, Trump’s greatest threat is Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. It’s been a tight race over the last few months, but Trump has led the last several polls — which were all carried out before Sarah Palin’s endorsement.
The Week noted that if Cruz were to come out on top in Iowa, it could be an unwelcome indication of what’s to come for him. Iowa voters often don’t select the presumptive GOP nominee: They went for Rep. George H.W. Bush in 1980, Sen. Bob Dole in 1988, Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Sen. Rick Santorum in 2012.
And while we know South Carolina is home to Sen. Lindsey Graham and company, the state tends to be highly conservative and unfriendly to establishment types. Hence, Trump’s poll numbers are stunning.
As for the rest of the country, let’s just say that there is a very real chance that it could be a landslide in Trump’s favor.
No non-incumbent has won the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary since the dawn of the election process — Donald Trump could be the very first.
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