Trump says 'we're up' in NC amid reported internal worries about keeping state red

Trump won North Carolina by 3.6 points in 2016

President Trump declared "we're up in North Carolina" on Tuesday as polls show him in a dead heat with Democratic nominee Joe Biden amid a report from ABC News that, internally, Trump's campaign team is concerned about their chances of victory in the state.

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“The Trump campaign is confident we’ll win North Carolina, and we’re only gaining momentum as we get closer to Election Day," a Trump campaign spokesperson told Fox News. "The Republican Party has made significant voter registration gains in North Carolina with President Trump in office, a telltale sign that voters approve of his successful first term and America First agenda."

“We’re up in North Carolina. All you have to do is look at the numbers," Trump told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday though it's unclear what number the president is referring to.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday showed Biden at 49% support and Trump at 48% in the state. RealClearPolitics' polling average shows Biden up by 2 points in the state.

President Donald Trump dances as he walks off stage during a campaign rally at Pitt-Greenville Airport, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump dances as he walks off stage during a campaign rally at Pitt-Greenville Airport, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign is spending big to target battleground including North Carolina.

"Democrat voters – who claim they want to vote by mail at a much higher rate than Republican voters – are failing to request and return their ballots at a rate that would deliver the Tar Heel State for Joe Biden," the Trump campaign spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Democrats are focusing on boosting their turnout, especially among young and Latino voters, to flip the state blue. Trump won North Carolina by 3.6 points in 2016.

He traveled to Greenville, N.C., for a rally on Thursday and is expected in Gastonia, N.C., for a rally on Wednesday.

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This post has been updated with comment from the Trump campaign.