“Wow, amazing dishonesty and political dishonesty. It's a shame!” Trump wrote of the Remington Research Group poll -which was commissioned by operatives who are associated with Schmitt's campaign, in a Truth Social post. Remington was founded through the consulting company for political leaders Axiom Strategies, which was created in the late 1990s by Jeff Roe — Schmitt's most prominent consultant.
As voters are expected to cast their ballots within less than 36 hours, Donald Trump's Truth Social post indicates it is extremely unlikely that he will back the attorney general race. He has already stated that he will not be supporting Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and is telling voters that they “can forget about” her and her campaign. Only one candidate appears to be in the mix for his support, former Governor. Eric Greitens (R-MO).
In the survey, Trump received 42 percent of the votes for 2024's Republican primary, placing him ahead of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) at 18 percent, and Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) with a mere six percent. Another 17 percent backed other candidates. Three Republican strategists said to News that Trump's lead is impressive and claimed that the poll was not true. A few suggested that it was deliberately insincere to display Schmitt outshining his rivals.
“This is a completely fake poll commissioned by the RINO establishment who are looking to move on from President Trump,” an eminent national Republican consultant who advises candidates in Missouri and Florida and other states informed News. “There is absolutely no chance that Missouri, which is a very Trump state, could ever support anyone similar to Ron DeSantis. President Trump is ruling the state, as well as every other state across the country.”
“President Trump is way higher in Missouri than this poll states, and everyone knows it,” another GOP strategist said to News. “Clearly there's something a little nefarious taking place in Missouri with those trying to discredit Trump's return to the White House.”
The survey indicates Schmitt ahead of the pack with 34 percent and is being followed by Hartzler at 22 percent and Greitens at 18 percent.
The second strategist also added:
If this poll accurately estimated Trump's support in 2024, and put it in its exact place, then Schmitt would like it to be in order to create the illusion that Trump is ahead which is what it would mean that at least 20 points are required to be moved toward Trump, according to the survey's published results. This means that Greitens could jump substantially higher and Schmitt would drop. Hartzler's figure is way too high to be reliable. After Trump declared that he wasn't going to back her, people walked out of her events. The field is likely to be Greitens in the lower 30s, ahead by a couple of points, Schmitt in second place somewhere in the 20s to mid 20s, and Hartzler in the low double figures or high single figures. In actuality, the Trump support is more like 65 percent and possibly even north of 70 percent, which is evidence that the pollster changed the figures to serve a motive.
“Something is off about these numbers, and you have to wonder why,” another strategist told News.
“Perhaps it is because the only way Schmitt's team can alter a poll to make it look like they are in the lead in Missouri's Senate primary days from the election is by kneecapping Trump and boosting perceived potential rivals in a looming 2024 bid,” the strategist explained.
The Excalibur Strategies survey obtained exclusively by News revealed Greitens with 34 percent of the vote, Schmitt at 30 percent and Hartzler with 21 percent on Friday.