Trump campaign manager: We can win without Pennsylvania

Discussing a myriad of issues ranging from Hillary Clinton’s email scandal to Donald Trump’s immigration stance during a Sunday appearance on ABC’s This Week, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told the network’s Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, Martha Raddatz, it is possible for the New York businessman to win the election without the state of Pennsylvania.

Asked by Raddatz if Trump can win without the claiming the Keystone State’s 20 electoral votes, Conway responded:

“We can. But we’re taking Pennsylvania very seriously. We know the last six presidential elections, it’s gone Democratic. And that’s — and that’s something that we understand.”

Pressed again on the same matter by Raddatz, Conway answered similarly and took the opportunity to assail Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy, suggesting the former Secretary’s campaign master plan doubles as a grand fundraising scheme from the East Coast and Hollywood liberal elite.

“Yes, we can. Absolutely. We have several different paths to victory. And, Martha, I would point out the growing number of stories just this week about the Clinton campaign, how she’s being told just prepare for a landslide. Wait — you know, run out the clock. Don’t go talk to the voters.”

“She’s doing this whiplash-like tour between Hollywood, the Hamptons, Martha (sic) Vineyard, raising money and ignoring the voters, thinking, hey, I’ve got this one. I can win through many different paths through electoral map. And we’re taking every state seriously. We’re looking at — we’re just making investments just this week with absentee ballot outreach, with ads in about 10, 11, 12 states. Pennsylvania is one of them,” Conway averred.

Although Pennsylvania was won twice by President Reagan in 1980 and 1984 and Bush in 1988, the state has remained firmly in the grasp of the Democratic Party in every presidential election since Bill Clinton claimed it in 1992.

Clinton currently leads Trump in the Keystone State by 6.5 points, according to the RealClear Politics average. The former Secretary is also beating Trump in the swing-states of Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Virginia and North Carolina.


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