How Donald Trump Could Shape the 2012 Presidential Election

A populist or outsider candidate is unlikely to win in 2012 but can shape the election.

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A populist or outsider candidate is very unlikely to win in 2012, but he or she could capitalize on public anger and frustration on a variety of issues, such as whether the government has been too eager to please special interests at the expense of Middle America. This is where Donald Trump, or someone else who wants to shake things up, could make a difference.

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