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"I could shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters" - Donald Trump is confident

“It’s like incredible.”

Image: Mary Altaffer

THE FRONT-RUNNER for the Republican nomination to contest this year’s US Presidential election Donald Trump says that he could shoot someone and still not lose voters.

Speaking in Iowa ahead of the 1 February caucus, Trump said that conservative radio host Glenn Beck’s endorsement of his biggest rival Ted Cruz was irrelevant given the depth of feeling Trump supporters had for him.

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?” Trump told an enthusiastic audience at a Christian school, Dordt College.

“It’s like incredible.”

Beck campaigned for Ted Cruz and held little back in going after Trump. “The time for silliness and reality show tactics has passed,” Beck charged at a Cruz rally.

“If Donald Trump wins, it’s going to be a snowball to hell.”

Trump’s own event marked a milestone in how far he has come in terms of acceptance by the Republican establishment. He was introduced by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.

Grassley did not offer an endorsement, but his presence underscored Trump’s enduring positions at the top of the polls as voting approaches.

A Trump campaign volunteer told ABC News that Trump’s point was clear, but the real-estate mogul “probably could’ve worded it a little bit better.”

A Fox News poll today has Trump 11 points ahead in the caucus, to take place next Monday.

With AP reporting

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