Usually when a presidential candidate is leading nationally in the polls, his or her campaign will take a moment to tout the numbers and not hesitate to highlight the polls at any opportunity. Especially if said candidate is leading by double digits and heading for a landslide victory that would be the biggest election win in American politics since FDR won his re-election bid during World War II.
But in a bizarre twist, not only has Biden’s campaign not been highlighting his lead in the polls, it is now distancing itself from the positive poll numbers and outright admitting to its closest followers that the numbers are not accurate.
Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley made the startling admissions during a since-deleted virtual summit video for the campaign.
“Please take the fact that we are not ahead by double digits,” Jen O’Malley Dillon said. “Those are inflated national public polling numbers.”
Although the video was deleted, New York Times reporter Shane Goldmacher was able to confirm a transcript of the summit and took screenshots of the event.
In many ways, this should not come as a surprise. Technically speaking, Joe Biden did not win over the majority of voters in the Democratic primaries. Indeed, he often came in at the bottom when votes were tallied and only walked away with the nominator when not one, not two, but three of his opponents dropped out (Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren) and gave him their delegates.
This also further supports recent analytics that suggest polling has not only been wrong so far this election cycle, but that President Donald Trump is heading for an electoral landslide in November.