Whistling Past the Graveyard: GOP Insiders Say Trump Can’t Win

The Associated Press

From Katie Glueck writing at Politico:

Six in 10 Republican insiders in the early states say Donald Trump can’t win Iowa or New Hampshire.

That’s the assessment of this week’s POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top operatives, strategists and activists in Iowa and New Hampshire. Their conclusion comes on the heels of the latest national poll, from CNN/ORC, that reports the controversial real estate mogul is leading the GOP presidential field even after crudely attacking Fox News host Megyn Kelly last week following the first GOP debate, which she co-moderated.

“Many Trump enthusiasts are showing up for free food and verbal fireworks at his events, but won’t sit through a precinct caucus,” an Iowa Republican said, when asked whether Trump would win if the early-state contests were held today.

“Telling a pollster you support Trump is whiskey courage. Most of them will sober up enough to realize they aren’t going to walk into a ballot booth and vote for a misogynist jerk,” agreed a New Hampshire Republican, who like all participants was granted anonymity in order to speak freely.

The percentages were nearly the same in both states: 58 percent of Iowa Republicans said Trump would not win, compared to 61 percent in New Hampshire.

Read the rest of the story at Politico.