Sunday night, former President Donald Trump attacked Missouri AG Eric Schmitt’s U.S. Senate campaign over a poll that conservative strategists claim undermeasures Trump’s support in the Show Me State to help boost Schmitt’s numbers.
“Wow, an incredible degree of dishonesty in politics. That’s too bad!” Trump stated of the Remington Research Group poll — which was commissioned by Schmitt campaign operatives — in a Truth Social post. Remington was created by the political consulting company called Axiom Strategies, which was created by Jeff Roe — Eric Schmitt’s top consultant.
With just 36 hours until Election Day, Trump’s Truth Social post indicates that he is unlikely to back the attorney general in the race. Only one candidate appears to be in contention for his support after previously stating that he would not back Rep. Vicky Hartzler and informing supporters they can forget about her: former Governor Eric Greitens.
For the 2024 Republican primary, Trump received 42 percent of the vote in the poll, placing him over Gov. Ron DeSantis, at 18%, and Sen. Josh Hawley at six percent. Another 17% was supporting other candidates, while the other 17% supported other potential contenders. Two Republican strategists, on the other hand, have said that Trump’s advantage is even greater and that the survey was deceptive. Some argued it is deliberately disingenuous to show Schmitt ahead of his opponents.
“This is a completely fraudulent poll paid for by the RINO establishment who wish to move on from Trump,” a national Republican strategist advising candidates in both Florida and Missouri among other states, said. “There’s not a chance that Missouri, which is a very strong Trump state, would ever pick someone like Ron DeSantis over Trump. President Trump has a commanding lead in the state and across the country as a whole.”
“President Trump is significantly higher in Missouri than this poll indicates, and everyone knows the truth,” a second GOP consultant said. “Clearly, something strange is going on in Missouri as people work to prevent President Trump from winning another term. Take this with a grain of salt.”
According to the poll, Schmitt leads the pack with 34 percent support, followed by 22% support for Hartzler and Greitens at 18 percent.
A second strategist added, “Something seems odd about these figures, and you have to really wonder why.”
“Perhaps it’s because Schmitt’s organization can only modify a poll to make it seem like they’re ahead in Missouri’s Senate race days before the election by kneecapping Donald Trump and boosting his perceived potential rivals in a prospective 2024 campaign,” the strategist added.