Sense of foreboding darkens Democratic primary

In addition, Iowans still aren’t sure — after more than a year watching candidates here — that any of them can beat Trump. Asked to describe the candidates’ chances of defeating the Republican president, pluralities of Democrats said Sanders, Biden, Warren and Buttigieg can “maybe” win the general election, according to the poll. Fewer than 40 percent of Democrats say any of those candidates “probably would win.”

“I think [Trump] has an excellent chance of being reelected, no matter what,” said Tracy Freese, the Democratic Party chairwoman in Grundy County, where she introduced Sanders at a town hall over the weekend. “There are plenty of Democrats who are realistic.”

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