Donald Trump’s campaign bluntly acknowledged Sunday that the real estate mogul is trailing Hillary Clinton as the presidential race hurtles toward a close, but insisted he still has a viable path to win the White House.
With barely two weeks left and early voting underway in most of the U.S., Trump’s team said ‘the race is not over’ and pledged to keep campaigning hard – even in states like Virginia and Pennsylvania that polls show are now trending Clinton’s way.
Speaking on NBC’s meet The Press with Chuck Todd, Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway laid out a path to the requisite 270 electoral votes that goes through make-or-break states Florida, Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio.
‘We are behind. She has some advantages,’ Conway said Sunday. Yet she argued that Clinton’s advantages – like a slew of bold-name Democrats campaigning for her – belied her lack of true support. ‘The current president and first lady, vice president, all are much more popular than she can hope to be.’
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus added: ‘We expect to win.’
The latest ABC News presidential opinion poll shows Trump trailing Clinton by 12 points.
In a four-way race she now receives 50 percent support from likely voters, while he receives 38 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson getting five percent and Green Party hopeful Jill Stein scoring two percent.
Compared to all ABC News and ABC News/Washington Post polling this election cycle, Clinton’s support is a high water mark for her, while Trump’s is a new low for him.
The poll was conducted October 20 to 22, in the direct aftermath of Wednesday night’s final presidential debate and found that 69 percent of likely voters disapproved of Trump’s response to questions about his treatment of women.
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