Trump campaign parts ways with pollsters after leak


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The Trump campaign is cutting ties with three pollsters after damaging internal polling results were leaked to the media, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The leak, which showed that Trump trailed Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential contest in several states, prompted a swell of negative headlines, causing a headache for Trump’s advisers and annoying the president himself. It comes as Trump is preparing to announce his re-election bid during a rally in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday.

As a result of the leak, the Trump campaign is ending its relationship with Brett Lloyd, Mike Baselice and Adam Geller, according to the person. It will continue working with its other pollsters, Tony Fabrizio and John McLaughlin.

Lloyd is the head of the Polling Company, a firm started by Kellyanne Conway in 1995. Conway is now a senior White House adviser to Trump and is no formally connected to the company. Baselice is the founder of Baselice & Associates, a national research firm. Geller is the founder and CEO of National Research Inc., and has done polling for former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

There is widespread speculation within the reelection campaign that Geller and Baselice, who still enjoy the confidence of top Trump aides, will join the pro-Trump super PAC.

Word of the campaign’s 17-state internal poll — conducted by Fabrizio and showing the president falling behind Biden in key states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — began showing up in the media almost two months ago, when The New York Times initially mentioned it in an article. POLITICO subsequently published an article last month detailing some of the poll’s results for the first time.

When the Times published a story early last week adding more details about the polling and revealing that Trump had instructed aides to downplay it, Trump advisers’ frustrations with the leaks reached a fever pitch.

Trump publicly pushed back on the Times report, denying the existence of “phony polls” and adding, “We are winning in every single state that we’ve polled.” When ABC News obtained the polling data on Friday, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale confirmed it, but dismissed it as outdated.

The Trump campaign declined to comment for this article. NBC News first reported the decision to cut ties with the pollsters.

Alex Isenstadt contributed to this story.

Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine

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