Virginia Republicans have been looking at the gap between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the important swing state and have identified a critical problem.
Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck addressed his hometown GOP committee Monday night in Leesburg.
He refuted “ridiculous” reports that the national party was pulling campaign funding from Virginia and was focusing on other battleground states as Clinton’s lead among commonwealth voters has grown in recent weeks.
Whitbeck said there was one quick way to close that gap: More Republicans need to support Trump. He said only about 79 percent of Virginia Republicans say they will vote for Trump, while 92 percent of Virginia Democrats are voting for Clinton and her running mate U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA).
“We need to talk to our own folks,” he said, adding that the party framework is 100 percent behind Trump’s campaign.