This post is part of Election Projection's continuing series introducing each 2016 presidential candidate. Follow the link at the end for more information on Donald Trump, including personal information, family status, education and past political experience, as well as links to Trump's biography and ideological positions.
Known primarily as real estate mogul and television reality show star, Donald Trump has lived a wildly varied life. The list of things Trump has had his hand in over the years is extensive. There are real estate and TV, of course, but you'll also find there professional football franchisee, golf course resort developer, beauty pageant owner, Wrestlemania host, and, as of June 16, 2015, Republican presidential candidate.
Trump's rise to the front of the pack of GOP presidential hopefuls has been an unexpected, and some would say problematic, phenomenon. The sentiment among many conservatives regarding illegal immigration has festered into rage, and Trump has capitalized on that anger. His fiery rhetoric tickles their ears with promises of no tolerance and mass deportations of those who are here illegally. Along the way, his abrasive, tell-it-like-it-is style has offended many folks in many different stations of life.
It is that outlandish style that has been, in large part, the source of his momentum in GOP polling. It is also that style that makes him a likely loser in the general election in my opinion. I, like most political observers, have maintained throughout the summer and fall of 2015 that Trump's days as GOP frontrunner are numbered. So far, however, he has shown much greater staying power than I ever imagined.
The nay-sayers, me included, must concede, may I say incredulously, that he does have a legitimate chance to win the nomination. I still put the odds at 2-1 in favor of someone else in the field, but it is entirely possible that Republicans might settle on The Donald as The Nominee.
Republican Nomination Odds: 30%
30-day Trend: Flat
Candidate Page: Donald Trump, 2016 Presidential Candidate
posted by Scott Elliott at 4:03pm 11/19/15 :: link