Aug. 23, 2016 3:15pm Kaitlyn Schallhorn
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be ahead or tied with his Democratic counterpart by Labor Day, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus predicted Tuesday.
Priebus praised the Manhattan billionaire, saying that “he’s been making very prepared, mature comments” on the campaign trial, which, he claimed, has resulted in more voters viewing him as presidential.
“It’s going to be important for us and for Donald Trump to continue down this measured path that he’s on, and if he does that, I think he’s going to be tied or ahead at or just after Labor Day,” Priebus predicted during a conference call with reporters.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus talks with members of the press. (Getty Images/Win McNamee)
“I think you see that on the national level, you see some of the national polls narrowing, some of the state polls are narrowing,” he said. “I think that what you’re seeing on the campaign is basically a continuation of a good couple of weeks that Donald Trump has had.”
Priebus added that the RNC has “been cooperating even more with the Trump campaign over the past couple weeks” and that both entities have been “getting along.”
“I feel pretty good about where we’re headed right now,” he said.
Earlier in the call, Priebus refused to discuss whether Trump would officially change his mind and not advocate to deport undocumented immigrants if elected president — a promise that he has made often on the campaign trail but seemed to backpedal on recently. Priebus did contend that Trump would “make some remarks on the subject” of immigration and “clear up any questions” in the near future.
Clinton leads Trump nationally by 5.5 points, according to Real Clear Politics’ aggregated polling data. And a new Monmouth University poll released Tuesday shows Trump with only a one-point lead in Missouri, a state that has voted for a Republican in the last four presidential elections.