Cortes suggested more Democrats requesting ballots didn’t necessarily indicate they would vote for Biden, but said that, regardless, Donald Trump would likely close the gap on Nov. 3.
The president has repeatedly attacked mail-in voting, claiming without evidence that it could lead to more instances of ballot fraud.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel also predicted Trump would prevail, despite Democrats’ lead in fundraising.
“I feel very good about the investment that the RNC’s put in place, and I feel very confident in the plan that the campaign has,” she said. “The plan, the campaign will have the money and it has the strategy to win.”
On Fox, Cortes explained his belief in an Election Day win for Trump stemmed in large part from the gap in enthusiasm between Biden and Trump supporters.
Trump has continued to lead Biden in enthusiasm, though the new Fox poll indicated Biden may be bridging that divide: 43 percent of likely Biden voters said they were enthusiastic about voting for Biden, up 12 points from Fox’s June poll.
The Fox News poll of 1,191 likely voters was conducted Sept. 7-10 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.