Donald Trump wins Iowa—but still lugs heavy baggage

Donald Trump wins Iowa—but still lugs heavy baggage

Donald Trump won the Iowa caucuses Monday as expected, in a decisive enough win that multiple news outlets made the call just half an hour after caucuses began. 

But Trump’s strength with the Hawkeye State’s Republican base papers over his deficit as a general election candidate. Trump’s campaign schedule over the coming months will be littered with court hearings, appearances, and rulings—a legal onslaught that has galvanized his diehard supporters but will haunt him among the general electorate.

That’s true of all voters, even Republicans, with 31% of them saying they would not vote for Trump if he is criminally convicted, according to a December Reuters/Ipsos poll.

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