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The Swing State That Wasn’t

Donald Trump’s campaign is pulling out of Virginia – a battleground state since 2008 – just weeks before the election.

Clinton and Kaine are in good shape in VA

On Wednesday, an adviser to Donald Trump confirmed that the campaign is withdrawing its field operation from the battleground state of Virginia. The state is worth 13 electoral votes.

Trump’s former Virginia state director Corey Stewart, fired on Monday for protesting in front of RNC headquarters, said he never received the staff numbers he was promised.

Hillary Clinton has held a steady lead in Virginia; the RealClearPolitics average has her up 7.5 points on Trump. It helps that her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) is a popular senator in the state.

Key race handicapper Larry Sabato puts Virginia firmly in Clinton’s camp; he rates the state “Likely D,” along with Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and New Mexico.

A big Virginia win for Clinton would demonstrate just how far the mid-Atlantic state has moved into the Democratic column; before two narrow Obama wins, Virginia had voted Republican in every presidential election since 1968.