Donald Trump has hired veteran pollster Tony Fabrizio, who helped engineer Florida Gov. Rick Scott's unexpected victory, Politico reports.
Trump has for months resisted calls to hire a pollster, relying instead on his own business acumen and force of personality to capture vanquish 16 party rivals. Politico indicated Paul Manafort, whom Trump hired as convention manager, weeks ago, may have played a role in changing Trump's mind.
Fabrizio previously worked on Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's failed presidential effort and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's win in 2015. He is also an adviser for Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis' Senate campaign.
He also was worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the presidential campaigns of Sen. Bob Dole in 1996 and then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry in 2012.
He was also part of the Willie Horton campaign in 1988 that helped doom Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis' campaign by painting him as soft on crime.
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