posted at 10:41 am on October 13, 2016 by Larry O’Connor
According to NBC News, the Trump campaign is withdrawing from Virginia and re-focusing their efforts on four key states: Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina:
The decision came from Trump’s headquarters in New York and was announced on a conference call late Wednesday that left some Republican Party operatives in the state blindsided. Two staffers directly involved in the GOP’s efforts in Virginia confirmed the decision.
The move to pull out of Virginia shows Trump is “running essentially a four state campaign,” with the focus now shifting to battlegrounds critical to his chances in November: Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, a source with knowledge of the decision told NBC News.
Trump’s former Virginia state chairman, Corey Stewart, who was recently fired by the Trump campaign for organizing a protest outside Republican National Committee headquarters, called the move “totally premature.”
On Tuesday, Jazz detailed the growing problems within Trump’s Virginia effort and clearly, things have reached the boiling point in the commonwealth.
ABC News has a bit more information and context on the move:
The move effectively concedes the state and its 13 electoral votes to the Democratic presidential ticket of Hillary Clinton and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who’s now the state’s junior U.S. senator.
Polling conducted this month by Roanoke College gave Clinton a 9-point edge among likely voters in the state, leading with 45 percent to Trump’s 36 percent.
If these reports are true, it means Trump’s path to 270 is now even more limited than originally thought.