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Trump Hires Pollster John McLaughlin to Focus on New York

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Jun 2016 12:34 PM

Donald Trump has hired a pollster to work exclusively on his presidential campaign in New York, according to The New York Times.

The pollster, John McLaughlin, predicted that then-House Majority leader Eric Cantor would win his 2014 race in Virginia, but Cantor lost to Dave Brat.
Republicans warned against hiring him then, reports The Hill.

Trump, the likely Republican presidential nominee, has said he will win in New York during the presidential election in November.

Some factors might make that less likely. There are twice as many Democrats as Republicans in New York, according to Raw Story. Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton served as a senator from New York, and lives there now.

The Times noted that a Republican presidential candidate has not won the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Trump's campaign co-chairman for New York, Carl Paladino, told The Washington Post that Trump's campaign there will be traditional, including "blanketing the upstate region with signs and bumper stickers."

After McLaughlin's failed prediction about Cantor in 2014, the Post suggested that hiring him was a questionable decision.

"Just how wrong does someone have to be to lose their job in Washington, D.C.? For John McLaughlin, even historically wrong wasn't enough," wrote Ben Terris.

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