Opinions Split On Trump's Chance To Clinch Republican Nomination For White House Race

Just a few months ago, U.S. billionaire mogul Donald Trump was dismissed by critics on both sides of the isle when he announced his bid for Republican Party (GOP) nomination for the 2016 presidential elections. But now, opinions are split on if he can clinch the nomination.

Trump continues to dominate the crowded field of Republican candidates, in first place with 23 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average.

The in-your-face candidate is far ahead of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who was once considered a shoo-in for the GOP nomination but is lagging behind in fifth place, at 8 percent.

Experts note Trump is verbally agile on camera and is always ready with a quick response and pithy soundbite, often making bold -- and frequently controversial -- statements that grab media headlines.

"I think a lot of people miss the sort of brilliance of what Trump is doing. He kind of toots his own horn. He exaggerates. It works because fact-checking him is a full time job," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua, adding that Trump could take home the nomination.

O'Connell added that "low information voters" -- those who spend only a few minutes a month researching candidates and their policies -- "are not tuned in at all, or they're overly emotional. So he just continues to win."

"It's sort of that celebrity culture that's allowing him to get away with saying '(just) believe me' with everything," he said, referring to what is often the public's tendency toward believing stars without question.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua

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