May 30, 2016

Of all the shananigan bogus lying that Fox News could do on behalf of Donald Trump, this takes the cake:

Even Joe Scarborough in the video (from April) above knows that's a bridge too far. Though of course Mark Halperin earned another helicopter ride for insisting the possibility.

Three yuuuge reasons why Trump won't win California in the general election.

1. It's a solidly Blue state. You can credit whichever voting group you like for that fact: hippies, Hispanics, Hollywood liberals, whoever.

2. Hillary Clinton has a very strong ground game in the state. She won the California Primary in 2008 over Obama by almost half a million votes.

3. And most importantly, Trump's support among California Republicans is not tested, and his support among California campaign funders is in real trouble.

Sure, Trump is going to win the California primary because he's the last candidate standing. But the LA Times reports that wealthy donors in the state have closed their checkbooks to Trump's candidacy.

If these donors remain on the sidelines, the eventual Republican presidential nominee could end up with money problems in the general election. In the last two presidential campaigns, Californians gave more money than donors from any other state to the GOP nominee.

This year, some Californians who contributed to one or more of the 14 Republican presidential candidates who have withdrawn say they will now send their money where they believe it will have the most impact: fighting Democrats' effort to retake the Senate and increase their numbers in the House.

"Republican donors shifting their money into House and Senate races is essentially raising the white flag on the Republican presidential campaign," said Dan Schnur, director of USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

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