RICHMOND, Va. (ABC News) -- Donald Trump's campaign has decided to close up shop in the key battleground state of Virginia, in a bid to concentrate its resources in more competitive state contests, two campaign senior sources told ABC News.
The move effectively concedes the state and its 13 electoral votes to the Democratic presidential ticket of Hillary Clinton and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who’s now the state’s junior U.S. senator.
Polling conducted this month by Roanoke College gave Clinton a 9-point edge among likely voters in the state, leading with 45 percent to Trump's 36 percent.
The Trump campaign Monday fired its chairman in Virginia, Corey Stewart, for organizing a demonstration outside the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., after numerous Republicans abandoned their support of the GOP candidate amid revelations of lewd 2005 comments he made about women.
Stewart protested the move in a post on Facebook, saying his home state is "winnable," and calling the pullout a "betrayal."
ABC News' John Santucci contributed to this report.