Whitman vs. polls
Meg Whitman may down in every poll except her own, but the GOP nominee isn't giving up hope.
Today her team sent out an e-mail pointing out that the latest Rasmussen poll shows Whitman trailing Brown by only 4 points. Brown had 6 points over Whitman last week.
Team Whitman trumpeted the poll as evidence of momentum in Whitman's favor. "Meg Surging!" reads the subject of the e-mail from campaign manager Jillian Hasner.
Two points is hardly a surge, but it does put the difference within the poll's 4-point margin of error.
Whitman has had a tumultuous relationship with pollsters. She's blasted both LA Times/USC polls that found her losing to Brown as partisan and tilted in favor of Democrats. The pollsters working for her insist the race is still tied despite multiple independent polls, like the Field Poll and the Public Policy Institute of California, showing Brown leading by a significant margin.
“Do not be confused by the L.A. Times poll,” she said in San Diego yesterday, according to the LA Times. “What’s up with that? Every year, they do a poll about a week out from the election that is designed to show the candidate they’ve endorsed is winning.”
The L.A. Times pointed out that in 2003, its poll showed Schwarzenegger winning although the paper had not endorsed him.