Trump is the candidate everyone can name

Trump is the candidate everyone can name

For many in this slice of the West, the presidential campaign is little more than a vague notion, distant as a faint speck on the horizon.

The candidates, to hear them tell it, include Huckleberry (that would be Mike Huckabee), the black doctor (Ben Carson), some guy from Texas (actually, there are two of them) and Mitt Romney (no, not this time).

“There’s all this yakking on TV,” said Stephen Bellack, a Democrat, but not a whole lot has captured the attention of the 68-year-old veteran of the merchant marine.

The exception, naturally, is Donald Trump, whose loud, bumptious, mad bull of a presidential campaign can’t help but be noticed. He is the only candidate, other than Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Democratic side, whom everyone can name and who elicits no shortage of strong opinions.

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