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Trump trumps all in new Iowa-New Hampshire polls


If you’re wondering why Donald Trump suddenly reversed course on signing a GOP loyalty pledge, it’s because he’s newly confident about his ability to be the nominee that every other candidate would support.

A new Marist Poll for NBC News out this weekend shows the real estate tycoon soaring in both Iowa and New Hampshire about five months before primary and caucus voters gather in those states.

Bottom line: The Trump phenomenon is real, enduring and oh-so-serious, far beyond what any pundit in the country anticipated.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders is closing fast against Hillary Clinton in Iowa, and he leads her in New Hampshire.

Fascinating stuff.