Graham: Trump winning because GOP voters think Obama is Kenyan-born Muslim
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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Kim, Moon toss ball to Trump in ‘last, best chance’ for Korean peace GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' MORE (R-S.C.) says GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her 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.