Graham: Trump winning because GOP voters think Obama is Kenyan-born Muslim
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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamCNN to host town hall featuring John McCain, Lindsey Graham Club for Growth launches ad targeting GOP tax writer Dem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy MORE (R-S.C.) says GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence takes victory lap at CPAC: ‘This is our time’ President Trump, immigrants are not 'bad dudes' Zuckerberg group donated to Trump transition MORE is doing so well in the polls because nearly half of Republican primary voters think President Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim. 

“Well there’s about 40 percent of the Republican primary voter who believes that Obama was born in Kenya and is a Muslim,” Graham told Boston Herald Radio on Friday, according to BuzzFeed News

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“There’s just a dislike for President Obama that is visceral. It’s almost irrational,” Graham added. 

Graham said Trump will not get 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency if he doesn’t grow support with the Hispanic community. 

“He can’t grow this party,” Graham said. “He represents a level of intolerance and … cartoon policy that won’t sell.”  

The South Carolina senator promised “Hillary Clinton will clean [Trump’s] clock” and Republicans will lose “badly” if the party nominates Trump.