Reminds me of the Atlanta mayor who recently had his head handed to him on a platter. He wasted 10 million tax payer dollars trying to convince voters we should raise our taxes so he could start some pet construction projects of his.
Probably in exchange for contractor kickbacks.
The local polls showed it was going to be a tight vote.
Once the votes were counted though it was something like 3 - 1 against.
Either the polls were useless to begin with, or they were manipulated in an attempt to influence voters and therefore the outcome.