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Donald Trump could be headed towards a catastrophic general election defeat if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee, according to a host of recent polling and analysis.

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There were gasps on Friday when the University of Virginia's Larry Sabato posted new projections showing that Trump could lose the Electoral College vote to Hillary Clinton 347-191.

Sabato is not alone in forecasting such a wipeout. Trump is trailing both Clinton and Bernie Sanders by double digits in some national polls. He is the most unpopular potential nominee in living memory. A recent Washington Post poll showed him with negative ratings in every single key voting category, including crucial ones that any Republican needs to win, such as independents (where he has a 64% negative rating) and white women (a 68% negative rating). Recent polls have shown Clinton running neck-and-neck with Trump even in such bedrock Republican states such as Utah.

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"There is no precedent for this," Republican pollster Neil Newhouse told the New York Times on Saturday. "In the modern polling era, since around World War II, there hasn’t been a more unpopular potential presidential nominee than Donald Trump."