WASHINGTON (WVEC) -- Citing Republican sources, CNN said Monday that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told his Virginia state director that he was not withdrawing from the Commonwealth and that whatever the state director needed to win in Virginia was his.
CNN said the telephone conversation between Trump and Mike Rubino took place after reports that the Trump campaign was pulling out of the state.
Officials say Clinton has doubled her lead since this series of tracking surveys began. She led Trump by six points, 39-33, in the baseline survey released Sept. 26 and led by seven points, 42-35, in the Oct. 3 release.
CNN said sources who knew about the Trump-Rubino conversation stated the campaign's plan to send some staff members from Virginia to North Carolina to help with early voting wasn't conveyed properly, leading to a "botched" message that the campaign was withdrawing from Virginia.
The network reported that the Trump campaign would have television advertisements run Tuesday through election day in "key markets" in Virginia. Citing campaign officials, CNN said the ads were "a $2 million buy."