GOP rep's ObamaCare Twitter poll backfires
© Greg Nash

Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnCorker pressed as reelection challenges mount GOP braces for Bannon primary attacks Air Force One is Trump’s new boardroom MORE (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday posted a poll on Twitter to get feedback on Republicans' proposed ObamaCare repeal. As it turns out, though, a majority of Twitter users who voted recommended keeping the healthcare law in place.

While Blackburn might have expected to hear only from her Tennessee district — which handily reelected her in November — she soon found the poll swamped with votes opposed to an ObamaCare repeal.

The poll from Blackburn, a member of President-elect Trump's transition team, received 7,968 votes, with 84 percent opposing a repeal of ObamaCare. The repeal opponents' side was likely helped by a retweet from White House spokesman Eric Schultz. 

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While it's unlikely that everyone who voted in Blackburn's poll is a constituent, they clearly didn't want ObamaCare to go. That likely doesn't mean much more than a rough day on social media for Blackburn, though, who won her reelection by nearly 50 percentage points over the Democratic candidate.

Trump's team announced Wednesday that the president-elect plans to start repealing ObamaCare through executives when he takes office. The same day, President Obama strategized with Democratic lawmakers about how they could defend ObamaCare during the Trump administration.