President Trump’s re-election campaign is dumping some of its pollsters after leaked internal surveys showed former Vice President Biden leading the president in several battleground states, according to reports on Sunday.
The revelation comes as Trump is scheduled to officially kick-off his reelection campaign on Tuesday with a rally in Orlando, NBC News reported.
The dire polling numbers from March, which were reported by the New York Times, NBC News and ABC News last week, showed Trump trailing Biden, the Democratic front-runner, by double-digits in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan.
It also found Trump behind Biden in Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota and Ohio.
In deep red Texas where a Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won since Jimmy Carter in 1976, Trump is ahead of Biden by 2 percentage points.
The president last week called the polls in the news reports “phony” and said the campaign’s internal polling is “unbelievably strong.”
His campaign manager Brad Parscale confirmed the numbers but dismissed them at the same time.
“These leaked numbers are ancient, in campaign terms, from months-old polling that began in March before two major events had occurred: the release of the summary of the Mueller report exonerating the President, and the beginning of the Democrat candidates defining themselves with their far-left policy message,” he said in a statement to ABC News.
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