Posted: 10:42 am Thursday, October 13th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
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
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 13, 2016
Trump’s last visit to Virginia was on September 24, when he drew a big crowd at a rally in Roanoke. He has no events planned in Virginia in coming days.
Not only is Trump moving staff to North Carolina, but also is reportedly cutting back on his TV ad time in Virginia as well.
Trump campaign ends effort in Virginia, withdraws ads and resources. VA Trump activists complain move is premature. https://t.co/HZUAuQGyE7
— Politics1.com (@Politics1com) October 13, 2016
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.
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) October 13, 2016
“Quitting Virginia makes Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina all must-wins for Trump,” said GOP pollster and strategist Frank Luntz.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.