From the Daily Kos Morning Digest on May 2nd, 2018:
WA-08: Yup, Jason Rittereiser is our new polling hero. Last week, one of Rittereiser’s rivals for Washington’s open 8th District, fellow Democrat Kim Schrier, released a poll—or really, “poll”—of the race that can only be described as totally misleading. Schrier’s memo, authored by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, purported to show her with a huge lead in the Aug. 7 primary over the rest of the field, but it only counted self-identified Democrats.
That’s an enormous problem, because Washington, like California, uses a top-two system where all voters, regardless of party, participate in a single primary for each seat. Therefore, failing to include independents and Republicans yields completely useless numbers, like Dino Rossi, the well-known GOP frontrunner and the only Republican running, sitting at just 5 percent. Despite this, Schrier’s own press release claimed her survey showed her “well-positioned to win Democratic primary”—even though there is no Democratic primary.
That cheesed us off, but it seriously—and rightly—miffed Rittereiser, who responded with the sort of candor you rarely see from politicians when it comes to polling. In a statement, Rittereiser acknowledged the truth: “[N]one of the Democratic candidates are known in the district,” he wrote. “As expected, we all start in the low single digits.” And indeed, he released his own month-old internal from Global Strategy Group showing just that, with Rossi way out in front at 43, Schrier a very distant second at 6 and himself at 4.
But what really sets Rittereiser apart is the way he shreds Schrier’s use of informed ballot results, which she highlighted to make her “lead” look even larger. Rittereiser said he could do the exact same thing with his data, but added, “Using these results to claim that I have a 35-point lead in the polls would be dishonest.” That it would be. Every other candidate in America should take heed.
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