WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT):
Donald Trump’s campaign is denouncing and severing ties with the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, Matt Borges.
It’s the latest crack in GOP unity in the critical battleground state, where Republican Gov. John Kasich is also not behind the party’s presidential nominee. Borges has been openly critical of Trump on several occasions and told some Ohio news outlets he wasn’t sure if he would vote for Trump.
Trump’s Ohio chairman Bob Paduchik is accusing Borges of undermining Trump as part of a bid to be the next Republican National Committee chair. Borges has been mentioned as a possible successor to Reince Priebus.
Paduchik says in a letter to state committee members that Trump is “very disappointed in Matt’s duplicity.”
Paduchik says he still expects the Ohio Republican Party to pay the campaign’s payroll and expenses in the state.
Borges did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Donald Trump has taken to Twitter on Saturday morning to go after Hillary Clinton and the media, and to claim again that the presidential race is looking like — in his words — “a rigged election.”
That’s an unprecedented assertion in a country with a history of peaceful democratic transition.
Trump is denying stories in which some women have accused him of sexual misconduct.
He says the allegations are “100 percent fabricated and made-up charges” and are being pushed by the Clinton campaign and the media. Trump says they “may poison the minds of the American Voter” and he claims: “FIX!”
Trump tweets that such “false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies” are being pushed before the Nov. 8 election in order to put Clinton in the White House.