Donald Trump's campaign is reportedly pulling out of Virginia.
News broke late Wednesday night that the campaign for the Republican presidential candidate was cutting funds to the commonwealth, and redirecting the money to other battleground states.
An anonymous staff member for the GOP businessman told NBC News that the campaign is choosing to focus its efforts on Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio.
Geoffrey Skelley, a political analyst with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, say such a move is unexpected.
"I think the fact is Trump's campaign, apparently in all likelihood, seems to feel that no matter what they spend in Virginia it's unlikely to make things close enough to feel like they're going to have a shot. So I think that's a pretty major statement by the campaign," he said.
Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck released a statement Thursday afternoon:
Republican Party of Virginia and Republican National Committee teams have been on the ground in the commonwealth for two years preparing for this election. Our commitment to winning Virginia for all of our Republican candidates remains unchanged.
The media reports saying the Trump campaign has withdrawn from Virginia come from unnamed sources and a former state co-chair who was terminated by the campaign.
Trump’s campaign recently fired Virginia Campaign Chair Corey Stewart, who is also a member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, after he held an anti-Republican National Committee protest outside of its headquarters.
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