President will likely follow on election day, but will win anyway

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A senior Trump campaign adviser said on Sunday he believes the president is likely to follow polls and mail-in ballot requests before election day, but come back from behind to win, like his victory in 2016.


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The president has repeatedly attacked the postal vote, claiming without evidence that it could lead to more cases of election fraud.

“I would concede that it will probably be a similar scenario where, when we look back, we will likely see that the president was on election day and then won on election day himself by an incredibly wide margin,” senior campaign adviser by Trump Steve Cortes said on “Fox News Sunday”.

Cortes’ remarks come as Democrats overtake Republicans in requests for postal votes, especially in major battlefield states. A new national Fox News poll shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden winning 71% of likely voters who said they plan to vote by mail.

Cortes suggested that more Democrats asking for ballots didn’t necessarily indicate they would vote for Biden, but said that regardless, Donald Trump would likely close the gap on November 3.

The president has repeatedly attacked the postal vote, claiming without evidence that it could lead to more cases of election fraud.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel also predicted Trump would win, despite the Democrats’ lead in fundraising.

“I am very pleased with the investment that RNC has put in place and I feel very confident in the campaign plan,” she said. “The plan, the campaign will have the money and the strategy to win. ”

On Fox, Cortes explained that his belief in an Election Day victory for Trump largely stemmed from the gap in enthusiasm between supporters of Biden and Trump.

Trump continued to lead Biden enthusiastically, although the new Fox poll indicated that Biden could bridge that gap: 43% of Biden’s likely voters said they were excited to vote for Biden, up from 12 points from Fox’s June poll.

The Fox News poll of 1,191 likely voters was conducted Sept. 7-10 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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