Donald Trump declared Friday that there’s only one way he could lose the state of Pennsylvania: if he’s cheated out of it.
“We’re going to watch Pennsylvania. Go down to certain areas and watch and study and make sure other people don’t come in and vote five times,” he said at a rally in Altoona, Pennsylvania. “If you do that, we’re not going to lose. The only way we can lose, in my opinion — I really mean this, Pennsylvania — is if cheating goes on.”
Trump said that Republican leaders in the state “are very concerned” about the possibility of cheating — adding that “we have to call up law enforcement, and we have to have the sheriffs and the police chiefs and everybody watching.”
Hillary Clinton’s lead in the polls in Pennsylvania is solid — a Quinnipiac survey of likely voters released Tuesday found Clinton leading Trump 52% to 42%. But both candidates are devoting significant resources to the state, which has a base of working class voters that Trump’s campaign hopes could work in his favor.
FiveThirtyEight’s data at the moment gives Clinton an 88% chance of winning PA.
NBC News brings up an excellent point:
NEW: Donald Trump says only way Hillary Clinton can win Pennsylvania "is if cheating goes on;" does not specify if he is being sarcastic.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) August 12, 2016