Now comes a report from Politico that Trump's campaign may have fallen into a ruse that led him to spend crucial time in a reliably red state that hasn't voted for a Democrat since Bill Clinton's 1992 victory.
In private, members of Clinton's team draw a direct line between their activity in those states and Trump's worries there. In public, Democrats are starting to cheer the success.
"This would be the equivalent of Hillary having to campaign in Massachusetts or having to campaign in California, except [to raise] money," said Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, a veteran of Bill Clinton's campaign and White House teams who remains close to the family's operation. "Either he has fallen for it hook, line and sinker, or there are substantive concerns given his changes in some of the margins within specific cohorts of voters. Either way, it's good news."
Trump supporters are quick to point out Pence did more than stump for votes during his two-day stay here. He headlined a Monday evening fundraiser in Buckhead that organizers expected to raise more than $700,000 for the campaign, courted evangelical leaders and appeared on Herman Cain's nationally-syndicated radio program.