Graham: Trump winning because GOP voters think Obama is Kenyan-born Muslim
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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Democrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit MORE (R-S.C.) says GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ 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.