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STORY BY SAHIL KAPUR - NBCNEWS.COM

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Published on October 30, 2020 10:31 PM

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Trump has signaled he won't accept an election loss. Many of his voters agree
PHOENIX — President Donald Trump has refused to say he'd accept the results of the election in the event that he loses, and in the closing days of the race, some of his supporters have taken his faulty or unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud to heart.

At a packed outdoor rally in this battleground state Wednesday, Trump said the polls that show him trailing the Democratic nominee Joe Biden are "fake," drawing boos from the crowd and raising their expectations of victory. He also said he feared voter fraud, which studies have repeatedly found to be extremely rare, and in most cases nonexistent.

"The biggest problem we have is if they cheat with the ballots. That's my biggest problem," he told supporters at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport this week. "That's my only thing — that's the only thing I worry about."

2020 ELECTION Trump has signaled he won't accept an election loss. Many of his voters agree. Brandishing faulty or unsubstantiated claims of fraudulent ballots, the president has planted seeds of doubt about the race's outcome if Biden wins. They appear to have taken root. Image: TOPSHOT-US-VOTE-TRUMP President Donald Trump has said "the only thing I worry about" is voter fraud. Many of his followers are echoing his claims.Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images Oct. 30, 2020, 2:33 AM +07 By Sahil Kapur PHOENIX — President Donald Trump has refused to say he'd accept the results of the election in the event that he loses, and in the closing days of the race, some of his supporters have taken his faulty or unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud to heart.

At a packed outdoor rally in this battleground state Wednesday, Trump said the polls that show him trailing the Democratic nominee Joe Biden are "fake," drawing boos from the crowd and raising their expectations of victory. He also said he feared voter fraud, which studies have repeatedly found to be extremely rare, and in most cases nonexistent.

"The biggest problem we have is if they cheat with the ballots. That's my biggest problem," he told supporters at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport this week. "That's my only thing — that's the only thing I worry about."

Followers are echoing his claims.

Trump sows doubt on legitimacy of election at first presidential debate OCT. 1, 202002:14 If the president loses, "I think it will be complete voter fraud," Tammy Byler, 54, an operations manager in Waddell, Arizona, said. "There's so much voter fraud happening."

Byler, who said she follows QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory, expressed confidence that Trump would win the ...