Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants his supporters to bump up his poll numbers in Iowa (video below).
The business mogul complained about his lagging numbers in the strategically important state at a rally in Sioux City, Iowa, on Oct. 27, The Washington Post reports.
“Iowa, will you get your numbers up, please,” Trump told the crowd. “I promise you I will do such a good job.”
After months of dominating the Republican primary, Trump has seen his lead in Iowa disappear as retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson rises. A Monmouth University poll shows Carson currently leading Iowa with 32 percent while Trump trails behind at 18 percent, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Trump argues he is being beaten by Carson because of evangelical voters who view the retired neurosurgeon's faith favorably and perceive Trump as a half-hearted Christian, according to The Washington Post.
“First of all, I am a great Christian … and I do well with the evangelicals,” says Trump. “But the evangelicals left me down a little bit this last month. I don't know what I did. But I am a great Christian.”
The business mogul claims he still doesn’t have a strong competitor for the Republican nomination and has downplayed Carson’s growing lead, ABC News reports.
“What is my competition?” Trump asked the crowd. “I’m not going to say Carson. I’m not going to say [Florida Sen. Marco] Rubio, who really is way down. I mean I am second, that's not, like, terrible. I don't like being second. Second is terrible to me. But do you think that Ben is going to go to China?"
Trump pledges to commit his time and campaign resources to win Iowa on Feb. 1, according to The Washington Post.
"Will you please do me a favor and work with my people and go out on Feb. 1 and vote and give us a victory?" Trump asked the crowd. “I’m going to spend money here ... I have a great team over here … And I really want to win Iowa."