With less than four weeks to go before Election Day, Donald Trump’s campaign has decided to shift resources out of the state of Virginia and into North Carolina, though the campaign publicly denied it was giving up on one of the key swing states of the 2016 race.
“Trump Campaign Withdraws From Virginia” bellowed the headline in the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets on Thursday, while Trump officials denied to reporters that they were conceding the Old Dominion to Hillary Clinton.
Trump campaign: "Reallocating" some staff to NC but "we remain absolutely committed to winning in Virginia." pic.twitter.com/Z3coUFACUn
The move in Virginia came just a day after Trump’s Virginia chairman was fired from his post, after he encouraged a rally against the GOP – outside the headquarters of the Republican National Committee.
“Don’t pull out of Virginia,” Corey Stewart wrote on his Facebook page late on Wednesday night.
“Pulling out now would be a betrayal to these volunteers,” the former Trump chair added.
But the signs have been somewhat ominous for Trump in Virginia, as the polls have been solidly on the side of Clinton and the Democrats for months.
Without Virginia, Trump’s road to 270 electoral becomes that much more difficult.
Clinton hasn't trailed in NC in any poll since the first debate. There really isn't a Trump map without him winning it.