Several Republican strategists told Breitbart News on Sunday that a Missouri poll commissioned by campaign staffers linked to Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s US Senate campaign deliberately underestimated support for former President Donald Trump to order To strengthen Schmitt in the last days of the race.
Remington Research Group, a political firm linked to Schmitt’s top adviser Jeff Roe, released a poll showing Trump leading the field in the 2024 presidential primary by 42 percent. The poll shows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 18 percent, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) at 6 percent, and other candidates collectively reaching 17 percent, with 17 percent undecided. It was conducted July 27-28 by surveying 818 likely voters in Missouri.
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While that sounds impressive for Trump — he absolutely leads the potential field for 2024, and even a fake poll can’t hide that fact — several well-known strategists told Breitbart News that the poll is obviously fake because it actually understates Trump’s support . In reality, in Missouri, several GOP strategists told Breitbart News, the former Missouri president is much closer to 70 percent or higher, and DeSantis is more likely to be in single digits than not.
“This is a totally bogus poll commissioned by the RINO establishment that President Trump wants to outgrow,” a Republican national agent who advises candidates in Missouri and Florida, among other places, told Breitbart News. “There’s no way Missouri, a deep Trump state, would ever vote for someone like Ron DeSantis. President Trump dominates the state and every other state in the country.”
“President Trump is way higher up in Missouri than this poll says and everyone knows it,” a second GOP strategist told Breitbart News. “It’s clear something sinister is going on in Missouri with people trying to undermine Trump’s return to the White House. Take this with a very large grain of salt.”
A third strategist asks why Schmitt’s team — again Roe, whose company Axiom Strategies launched Remington, the company that published this poll — would deliberately try to downplay Trump’s support.
“Something is wrong with these numbers and you have to wonder why,” this strategist told Breitbart News. “Perhaps it’s because the only way Schmitt’s team can change a poll to make it look like they’re leading in the Missouri Senate primary days is to kneel Trump and perceive to strengthen potential rivals in an upcoming bid for 2024.”
In that sense, the poll commissioned by Roe’s client Schmitt also went into the Senate primary, and the numbers were very different from actual independent pollsters in Missouri. That poll put Schmitt at 34 percent, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), who has already told Trump he won’t support her, at 22 percent, and Greitens at 18 percent.
“If this poll accurately measured Trump’s support for 2024 and had it where it really isn’t where Schmitt needs it to make it appear like he’s leading, that means about 20 or more points from the release of this poll have to go in the direction of Trump’s results – and that means Greitens would jump significantly higher and Schmitt would fall,” said the second strategist speaking to Breitbart News. “Also, Hartzler’s number is far too high for this poll to be accurate. When Trump announced that he would not support them, crowds fled from their events and nobody went to them anymore. In reality, the field right now is probably in the low 30’s by a few points with Greitens, second place Schmitt somewhere in the high 20’s, and Hartzler in the low double digits or high single digits. And in reality, Trump’s support is well over 65 percent and maybe even over 70 percent — proving the pollster changed those numbers out of some ulterior motive.”
In that sense, several other polls — including one by Excalibur Strategies — show Greits at the top. This poll, which Breitbart News reported exclusively this weekend, shows the field at exactly these numbers: Greitens 34, Schmitt 30, Hartzler 21 and other candidates 5 percent.