Trump aide blames bad poll on Rupert Murdoch
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A top campaign aide to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE is downplaying a new national poll showing the presidential contender trailing rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump changes mean only wealthy immigrants may apply, says critic The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Viral video shows O’Rourke air-drumming to the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ after Cruz debate MORE by linking the poll to conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch. 

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"10 recent polls. Which one is affiliated with a newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch?" Trump adviser and social media director Dan Scavino tweeted Thursday morning with a picture showing the results of 10 recent polls. 

The new data from NBC News/The Wall Street Journal is the only outlier in the graphic, showing Cruz edging out Trump by 2 percentage points. In the rest of the polls listed, Trump holds a double-digit lead over the Texas senator. Murdoch bought the Journal in 2007. 

The NBC/Journal survey broke a streak of 31 consecutive national polls with Trump in the lead, according to an average by RealClearPolitics. But there's no evidence yet that the trend will continue, as a new CBS News poll released Thursday found Trump up by 17 points. 

The billionaire businessman himself has cast doubt on the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll and called it a "total joke" in a Thursday morning tweet. 

“I think somebody at the Wall Street Journal doesn’t like me,” he said during a MSNBC town hall Wednesday event in Charleston, S.C.

The tweet from Scavino was first flagged by the liberal Right Wing Watch, which noted that Trump has regularly accused Murdoch-owned Fox News of bias. Trump skipped a January Fox News debate in retribution for a harsh statement from the network in response to his calls to remove Megyn Kelly as debate moderator.