Rand Paul: Of Course the Polls Are Designed to Suppress Voter Turnout

Justin Holcomb
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Posted: Oct 27, 2016 8:00 AM
Rand Paul: Of Course the Polls Are Designed to Suppress Voter Turnout

During a Wednesday morning interview on "The Tom Roten Morning Show" in West Virginia, Republican Sen. Rand Paul said that polls showing Hillary Clinton with a lead over Donald Trump are "designed to suppress turnout."

"You know, I think sometimes polling is done to dampen election turnout so when Trump says the thing's rigged, I'm not sure exactly what he means and I'm not sure I always agree with him," Paul said. "But I do think that when we say over and over someone can't win that is a form of rigging in the sense that it is designed to suppress turnout."

Paul reminded the listeners of an election in Kentucky where liberal news outlets had a Republican candidate down by as many as 8 points, and yet the Republican went on to win by 8 in 2015.

"In Kentucky, in our governor's race in 2015, the media said over and over and over again the Democrats were up 8 points," Paul said. "The hope I think was to depress Republican turnout and these were coming from liberal newspapers in our state. And turns out the Republicans won by 8. They were off like by 16 — 14, 16 points. And but I think some of that is intentional. The polls are put out, you know to make it either look closer than it is or to make it look like Democrats have a better chance. And I think it's done by design to try to dampen turnout."