Donald Trump’s campaign has admitted the Republican nominee lags behind rival Democratic Hillary Clinton with just over two weeks before Election Day.
Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said: “We are behind. She has some advantages.”
“We’re not giving up. We know we can win this.”
On October 21, Donald Trump made a rare admission that he could lose.
New polls suggest Hillary Clinton remains well ahead nationally and in several battleground states.
Her campaign has predicted this is going to be “the biggest election in American history”.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robbie Mook told Fox News on October 23: “More people are going to turn out than ever before.”
Polling in Republican strongholds like Utah and Arizona suggest these states could back a Democrat for the first time in decades.
The polls may be wrong in Arizona but if they are correct, it may be the start of a Democratic trend that doesn’t just put the state in play in a Clinton 2016 rout scenario, it makes Arizona a legitimate swing state in coming elections.
For Democrats, that’s a dream scenario, giving them new and plentiful paths to electoral success.
For Republicans, it could mean the start of a long-term political nightmare.
That apparent change to the electoral map has prompted a shift in strategy for the Clinton camp, which is spending money on helping Democrats running in close House or Senate races.
Hillary Clinton said she didn’t even bother responding to Donald Trump anymore and would instead spend time “emphasizing the importance of electing Democrats down the ballot”.
Donald Trump’s campaign manager said the Clinton team had a huge financial advantage in how much they could spend on negative ads against the Republican nominee, and high-profile campaigners.
“She has a former president, who happens to be her husband, campaigning for her. The current president and first lady, vice president, all much more popular than she can hope to be,” said Kellyanne Conway.
But this election does not feel over when you realize the depth of support Donald Trump has on the campaign trail, she said.
However, Donald Trump reflected on defeat for the first time on October 21 when he said that – win, lose or draw – he would be happy with himself.
A day later, the billionaire announced a raft of measures for his first 100 days in office, that include used curbs on lobbying and new trade and climate change negotiations.
With just 16 days until Election Day, much of the recent focus has been on controversies linked to Donald Trump’s campaign.
On October 22, he promised to sue every woman who had accused him of assault.
Donald Trump also repeated his claims that the election is rigged, because of voter fraud at polling booths and media bias.
On October 23, Eric Trump said his father would accept the outcome but only if it was a “fair” election.