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Trump campaign says they're committed to winning Virginia following pull out rumors

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pumps his fist during a campaign rally, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in Panama City, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Following a Trump campaign conference call Wednesday night, reports started to leak out that the Trump campaign was pulling out of Virginia, essentially conceding the state's critical 13 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton. But on Thursday, the backlash has been swift and strong.

“What I think is happening is that the media is working overtime trying to dishearten us. I am not disheartened.” Patti Lyman is part of Virginia Women for Trump, a group that protested at RNC headquarters on Monday.

Now, multiple national news organizations, including ABC, are reporting that the Trump campaign is closing offices and no longer spending money in Virginia in the wake of state polls that give Clinton a solid lead.

“Our grassroots effort has not changed and will powerfully go forward. We have not lost Virginia. We are going to win Virginia. We have the best chance we’ve ever had," a Trump supporter said.

"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," the Trump campaign said in a statement.

Corey Stewart, the former state campaign chair fired after staging the RNC protest, says if the reports are true the Trump campaign is making a mistake, “Virginia is winnable. But the campaign and the RNC needs to invest into some real ad buys into this state.”

John Fredericks, a Trump campaign spokesman and radio host in Hampton Roads, tweeted that this story is “completely bogus, and a media plant to burnish Clinton and disparage Trump supporters.

On Thursday, Stewart pled with the Trump campaign, begging them in part via a Facebook post, "Don't pull out of Virginia. Thousands of dedicated volunteers have spent millions of hours knocking on doors, making phone calls and raising money for Mr. Trump over the past 15 months. Virginia is winnable."

Read the entire statement from the Trump campaign's deputy political director in full below:

"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"


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