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Democrats can hardly believe their luck.

Donald Trump, the undisputed national front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, is poised to erase all of the disadvantages the Democratic Party should face in its bid to win a rare third consecutive White House race. Political parties have managed to hold the presidency for more than two terms only twice in the last century, and Americans are only moderately satisfied with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee.

But Trump's approval ratings with key voting blocs are so bad, and he has so dominated media coverage of the 2016 primaries, that Democratic strategists believe there is no way he could rehabilitate himself for the general election. Even if the New York real estate mogul and reality television star isn't the nominee, they are convinced the GOP won't be able to escape the damage he's done, regardless of who they put up against Clinton.

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