Republican nominee Donald Trump's campaign plans to air television commercials in Virginia starting Tuesday in a sign it is still very much committed to winning the state and has not conceded it as was reported last week, according to CNN.
Trump was reportedly very upset at reports he was withdrawing from the state and said they were apparently based on a botched message from his headquarters in New York to field staff in Virginia that was supposed to be instructing a few of the approximately 30 staffers be sent temporarily to North Carolina to help with early voting.
As part of a signal of the commitment to win Virginia, the Trump campaign has also announced a 19-member leadership team in the state.
The insistence on competing in Virginia comes as a new tracking survey by Christopher Newport University released Monday shows Democrat Hillary Clinton has opened a 15- percentage point lead over Trump in the state among likely voters, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
The poll, taken after the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump made lewd comments about women, builds upon the 9-point advantage Clinton already held there, and gives more evidence to many national Republican party officials who see the state as a lost cause.
But CNN reported Trump apparently insists on continuing to invest resources in the state because of the multiple properties he has there. Trump sources say he is especially focused on winning battleground states where he has business interests.
In addition, Republican advisers in the state are reportedly pressing him not to give up on winning there, because Virginia voters often tend to make a final decision on their vote late in the game.
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