HS Student Pranked Mastriano Into Posting Fake Poll

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor in Pennsylvania, touted on social media the results of a new “poll” that for the first time showed him with a narrow lead over the Democratic nominee, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

What we don’t get: Why did Mastriano and campaign advisor Jenna Ellis leave up those social media posts for five days — as it soon became clear it was a hoax and the “pollster” had pranked him? Curious call for a cantankerous candidate who dismisses any media reporting that does not exalt him as “fake news.”

The “pollster” — who would only identify himself as “a high school student from southwestern Connecticut who likes politics” — told Clout in a Twitter message exchange that he created the Twitter account Carleton Polling this month to test a theory about a “double standard” for polling and political parties.

Read the full article.

As I reported earlier this week, Breitbart was duped by the same fake pollster but at least they deleted their tweet claiming that Oz was leading Fetterman.