U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Sunday that he expects to win in November at a campaign rally in Naples, Florida.
“In 16 days we’re going to win the great state of Florida and we are going to win back the White House we’re going to win it back folks. Investor’s Business Daily the most accurate poll from the last election and the two elections before that just announced that we are leading nationally by two points,” Trump said.
At the same rally Trump said he didn’t believe the polls that said he was trailing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton with women voters.
“I really think those polls are very inaccurate when it comes to women. I think we’re doing better with women than with men frankly. So we’re setting records with men but I want to set records with women, to me, and I hate to tell the men this, but if I could swap I’d swap you out so fast. You have no idea how fast. Well I want to thank the men but I’ll tell you the women have a lot of we have tremendous support. I appreciate it,” he said.
The confidence Trump displayed to supporters comes on that same day one of his top advisers acknowledged he was lagging behind Clinton, as the Democratic nominee pressed a strategy of encouraging early voting in key battleground states.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Clinton had “tremendous advantages,” including a large campaign war chest that had allowed her to spend millions on television ads ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
As the polling gap has widened, Trump has said repeatedly the election is being “rigged” against him. He has not offered evidence and numerous studies have shown that the U.S. election system, which is decentralized and run by the states, is sound.
At last week’s debate with Clinton, Trump challenged a cornerstone of American democracy by refusing to commit to honoring the result of the U.S. election.
In the aftermath of the debate, Trump said he would accept the election outcome “if I win.”