It was a bad poll, but it was just one poll.
My guess is that Martha Dean is dropping out for other reasons, although God knows the bad poll didn’t help.
At this stage, it’s all about the delegates, and Dean probably wasn’t finding many who would support her at the convention. (Of course, you can use good poll numbers — if you have them — to sway delegates, so the bad poll was part of a vicious cycle.)
I think the bad publicity about her tax liabilities was also a bitter pill, especially because — to explain the tax problems — she had to talk about her Jarndyce v. Jarndyce custody battle.
And maybe the Newtown Truther stuff stuck with her more than she had expected.
On behalf of all of us snakes and vermin, I say that she will be missed.
I should also admit error. I said she would vault to the Number Two spot in the field instantly. I was wrong. I overestimated the hard core gun constituency in the state. And so did she.