Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, left, listens as President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, November 3.Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, left, listens as President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, November 3. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Moments before CNN projected that Joe Biden will win the presidency, President Trump’s campaign manager insisted to staff that their candidate still has a path to victory. 

While providing an update on the legal challenges surrounding the election, Bill Stepien told officials:

“He is in this fight. He is in this fight…These are razor thin margins. We are not giving up the fight in these places. We are not giving up the fight.”

It was a private call, but CNN was provided access by a source affiliated with the reelection effort. 

Stepien argued Trump still has a path to victory in Arizona and Pennsylvania while providing an overview of where things stand as vote counting is ongoing. 

He railed against the high volume of mail-in voting and insisted officials believe they stand “a very good chance” of emerging as the winner if the race proves to be close.

Stepien insisted the call wasn’t about fundraising but then solicited donations to the legal defense fund. “Again, this is not a fundraising solicitation, but that is an avenue to help.”

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