Roger Stone claims Reagan trailed Carter until his stellar debate performance catapulted him into the lead:
I never expected…for [Trump] to be ahead of Hillary until the end. Ronald Reagan was never ahead [until the end].
Actually, in May 1980, Lou Harris (Harris Survey) wrote:
Reagan has emerged as the candidate most likely to win the 1980 presidential election…the American electorate has become increasingly favorable to a Reagan candidacy.
Reagan pulled into a lead just weeks later…
That lead would balloon to nearly 30 points over the summer…
These huge margins were referenced in Rendezvous with Destiny by noted Reagan biographer, Craig Shirley:
A new poll…had Reagan opening up an eye-popping 55-24 percent lead…In a Lou Harris poll, Reagan was leading by a whopping 61-33.
The claim that Reagan was “never ahead” until the end of the campaign is resurrected every election cycle– but is empirically w/out merit…
Why is our side so dumb? I don’t get it.