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Poll: Most Dems Think a Candidate Should Keep Running for President Even if Indicted

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No names, please, but a new Rasmussen poll shows that 53% of Democrats believe that a candidate who is indicted for, say,  mishandling classified information while secretary of State should keep running until a court determines guilt or innocence.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of Republicans think a candidate charged with a felony should stop campaigning at once, while 41% disagree. Among Democrats, those findings are reversed: Only 40% say the candidate should quit campaigning, but 53% think they should keep running until a court determines their guilt or innocence. Voters not affiliated with either major party are evenly divided.

Whether Attorney General Loretta Lynch will bring charges against Hillary Clinton remains up in the air, but whatever she decides will likely result in a political earthquake, Washington insiders say.

On Laura Ingraham’s show and on Fox News last week, former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova predicted that some members of the intelligence community were prepared to “revolt” if Lynch refuses to bring charges.

“The evidence in this case of violations of classified information laws is staggering,” DiGenova told Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson. “There is no question that a series of federal statutes involving classified information were violated by the secretary and her staff. The question is, which ones are going to be enforced and which ones aren’t,” he added.


Some say the possibility of an indictment increases as Clinton’s political prospects decrease. In other words, if Sanders starts beating her — as looks increasingly possible in Iowa and New Hampshire — it could become “panic time” for Hillary.