DeSantis is trying to shape the GOP primary with internal polling


DeSantis’ supporters were thrilled last week when a poll emerged following the first primary debate showing him bouncing up 7 points in the critical first caucus state of Iowa. Th


debate, they argued, had given the Florida governor the type of bump he needed to revive a sagging presidential campaign. Le


t largely unsaid: The poll had been commissioned by a nonprofit that had hired DeSantis’ own polling firm. Pu


licly released internal polling isn’t new in politics. Campaigns have been releasing or leaking their internal numbers — most often as a tool to gin up fundraising — for decades. But

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