Don’t Believe the Polls
At least that is what the Jim Gilmore campaign is telling it’s supporters. Campaign Manager Dick Leggitt just sent out an e-mail, telling Virginians to ignore the results of a new poll commissioned by the Washington Post that shows Mark Warner with a 30 point lead. Leggitt says that their results cannot be trusted because it was commissioned by a paper who’s coverage has been “pro-Democrat, pro-Obama and pro-Warner”.
He also points to Gilmore’s victorious gubernatorial campaign in 1997 where a Washington Post poll showed him with only 38% of the vote and he went on to win with 56% of the vote.
I can’t speak to the Post’s coverage, but in all fairness to their polling firm, these results are not all that different from many of the polls taken over the past few weeks. That includes polls that show Warner with a healthy lead, along with a lead for Republican John McCain.
You can read Leggitt’s entire dispatch after the jump.
To: Jim Gilmore for Senate Supporters
From: Dick Leggitt, Campaign Manager
Date: September 24, 2008
Re: Washington Post Poll
You may have seen or heard of the new Washington Post poll which shows Mark Warner with a 30-point lead – very similar to the Washington Post poll taken almost a year ago. Do not be discouraged or disheartened by the Post’s attempt to influence the U.S. Senate election. It is, after all the Washington Post. Their coverage is pro-Democrat, pro-Obama and pro-Mark Warner and voters who have watched the Post’s unfair coverage of Republicans including John McCain, Sarah Palin and Jim Gilmore know this.
Please remember that in late September of 1997, the Washington Post poll indicated that Jim Gilmore was getting 38 percent of the vote in the race for Governor of Virginia. On Election Day when the voters finally had their say, Jim Gilmore won the election with 56 percent of the vote! Don’t let the media and the pollsters decide this election. The most important thing you can do to combat the Washington Post poll is to remind your family, friends and associates to vote for John McCain, Sarah Palin and Jim Gilmore.