The Trump campaign is in full retreat in Virginia, effectively ceding the state’s 13 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton. Instead, the Trump campaign is redeploying resources to shore up Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio (via NBC News):
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.
The Wall Street Journal also reported on the withdrawal, quoting former Virginia campaign chair Corey Stewart, who was fired from the campaign after staging a protest, calling the Republican National Committee “establishment pukes.”