Biden Campaign Alters New York Times Graphic on Polls

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks at a campaign town hall meeting in Rochester, New Hampshire, U.S., October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Mary Schwalm
November 5, 2019 Topic: Politics Region: Americas Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: 2020 Election2020 CampaignPollsNew York TimesFake News

Biden Campaign Alters New York Times Graphic on Polls

They sent their supporters a rosy image.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign altered a polling graphic from The New York Times to tout how the Democrat is fairing against President Donald Trump ahead of the election.

The graphic appears to downplay Sen. Bernie Sanders’s polling relative to Trump in key battleground states, NYT political reporter Shane Goldmacher wrote in a tweet Tuesday. “In an email to supporters, the Biden campaign said ‘other candidates can’t’ beat Trump,” Goldmacher noted.

NEW: In an email to supporters, the Biden campaign said “other candidates can’t” beat Trump.

But the polling chart they sent to supporters, sourced to NYT/Siena, is inaccurate.

See images below: pic.twitter.com/LaajsPfWwb

— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) November 5, 2019

“The Biden campaign acknowledged that they got it wrong, and will correct future versions and re-upload graphic ‘so people who haven’t opened the email will see the correct one,'” Goldmacher added.

The NYT poll, published Monday, shows Biden with a five-point lead on the president in Arizona, three points in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and two points in Florida. They are running neck-and-neck in Michigan, while Trump carries a two-point advantage in North Carolina.

But Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are also performing well in those areas. Trump and Warren, for instance, are even in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, while he holds a lead of six, four and three points in Michigan, Florida and North Carolina, respectively. Warren has a two point advantage in Arizona, according to the poll.

Biden’s campaign has not responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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