RICHMOND, Va. (ABC News) — According to ABC News, Donald Trump’s campaign has made the decision to pull resources out of Virginia in an effort to commit them in other, more competitive states.
According to ABC affiliate WJLA, the decision to pull out came from Trump headquarters in New York and was originally announced on a conference call late Wednesday. The campaign will now focus on other battleground states like Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.
Recent polls have shown Clinton with a lead as large as 9 points among likely voters in Virginia.
The move comes after the campaign’s decision on Monday to fire its chairman in Virginia, Corey Stewart. Stewart organized a demonstration that day outside the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. to protest Republican leaders who pulled their support for Trump in the light of recently revealed lewd comments about women made by Trump in 2005.
Stewart took to Facebook to express his displeasure about the decision to pull out of Virginia while still voicing his support for Trump:
According to WJLA, Trump’s campaign released the following statement on Thursday:
“We remain absolutely committed to winning in Virginia. While we’re reallocating some of our staff strategically to accommodate early voting in nearby priority states such as North Carolina, our campaign leadership and staffing remains strong in Virginia.
Together with the RNC and the state Party, we will have all the resources we need to re-take the Commonwealth at the Presidential level in November, as historically early voting in Virginia is much less of a focus for both parties than in some other states such as North Carolina.
Virginians are tired of the same old corruption and double-talk from decades-long Washington insiders like Hillary Clinton, and will vote for change in November.”
— John Ullyot, Deputy Political Director for Communications, Donald J. Trump for President