Renowned pollster Patrick Caddell died Saturday at the age of 68 after suffering a stroke.
Caddell rose to prominence as the pollster who helped Jimmy Carter win the presidency. Later, however, he distanced himself from Democrats and even advised supporters of Donald Trump’s presidential bid.
“Pat Caddell was a brilliant pollster who at a young age provided me with key information and over his career helped to shape the future of professional research,” Carter said.
Though Caddell worked with Democrats throughout the 1980s, he later felt the party was corrupted by elitists and special interest groups, and he accused Democrats of “the stifling of dissent” for barring pro-life Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey Sr. from speaking at the party’s convention.
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