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Politicians often urge supporters to get out and vote.

With the latest numbers, such as an NBC/SurveyMonkey poll, showing Trump's support riding between 9-14 points below that of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump discussed his inflammatory rhetoric with CNBC Thursday, saying, "At the end, it's either going to work or I'm going to, you know, I'm going to have a very, very nice long vacation".

Trump, who likely needs to win the Keystone State to prevail in November, said recently that the only way Hillary Clinton can Pennsylvania is by cheating. "It's so important. We have 90 days left and I wanna maximize the time", Mr. Trump said Friday night. "We have to call up law enforcement". In 2012, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, speculated that True the Vote was involved in "a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights", a view that many Democrats still hold about election challenges.

The Manhattan billionaire even encouraged his supporters to "watch and study" people "in certain areas" of the state on Election Day to "make sure people don't come in and vote five times". But Trump initially doubled down on this remarks, repeating the claim several times without any sense he was joking. "Some great leaders here of the Republican party, and they're very concerned about that", said Trump.

Critics have decried his call to voters as voter intimidation, which is illegal. The former USA senator and first lady's lead over Trump has widened in national polls, alarming Republicans and buoying Democrats in a state where a Republican has not won the presidential race in 28 years.

Meeting with voters in small, intimate settings is a new development for Trump, who has typically preferred large rallies.

The effort reflects a key tension point between the parties, with Republicans warning of voter fraud created to help Democrats, such as ineligible people casting ballots, and Democrats accusing GOP officials of exaggerating the dangers of voter fraud to justify new laws that Democrats say are created to disenfranchise minorities and other Democratic voters. "If that's what this is, I'd be relieved, but he's playing with fire here".

At the Clinton campaign headquarters, Marshall said organizers are focused on recruiting volunteers and registering new voters.

In his statement to NPR, Miller echoed Trump's concerns about a "rigged system".

"Based on his campaign record, there's no chance he's going to win", said Sara Fagen, the political director for former President George W. Bush.

"Who is Trump to make these judgments?" A survey last month by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News found Trump getting less than 1 percent of the state's black vote.

In this Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes a tour of McLanahan Corporation headquarters, a company that manufactures mineral and agricultural equipment in Hollidaysburg, Pa.

Voter ID laws have always been criticized as a masked strategy to discourage minorities from voting. Down in Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina. Democrats and civil rights groups have challenged the laws in court, arguing that there is scant evidence of fraud and that the real objective is to block minority voters from casting ballots.

But Mariann Davies, a lawyer in Doylestown who supports Trump, predicted that his popularity would grow among voters who do not want Clinton to continue the Obama administration's policies.