Ryan warned Trump was losing key voters in Wisconsin, other states: NYT

Former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE (R-Wis.) recently warned during a private gathering that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE risks losing Wisconsin and other key states to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE in November, according to The New York Times.

A partial transcript of Ryan's remarks at an event hosted by Solamere, a company linked to Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Toobin: McConnell engaging in 'greatest act of hypocrisy in American political history' with Ginsburg replacement vote The Memo: Court battle explodes across tense election landscape MORE (R-Utah), whom Paul shared a presidential ticket with in 2012, revealed that the former GOP House leader fears Trump could lose his home state as well as other states he carried in 2016, including the GOP stronghold of Arizona.

Arizona, Ryan said, was “presently trending against us," according to the transcript obtained by the Times. He added that other states were also potential Biden pickups.


“Biden is winning over Trump in this category of voters 70 to 30, and if that sticks, he cannot win states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania," said Ryan.

The Trump campaign dismissed those concerns in a statement provided to The Hill.

“We continuously track 17 states that will determine who the next president is – and that includes Wisconsin, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. President Trump has been, and remains, in strong position in all 17 those states and be re-elected. Joe Biden is a weak candidate who is obviously a hapless tool of the extreme left. President Trump kept his promises, has a strong record of achievement for the American people, and will be re-elected," said Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman.

Ryan's warning comes as Trump's reelection prospects appear to have taken a hit amid a slew of new polls showing the president trailing Biden by double digits nationally.

In a new interview with Fox News this weekend, the president insisted that his polling did not show the entire scope of his strength with voters and referred to them as "fake polls."

“I'm not losing, because those are fake polls. They were fake in 2016 and now they're even more fake. The polls were much worse in 2016,” said the president.