While he normally projects an air of supreme confidence, Donald Trump has now admitted he could be beaten.
He has indicated that he does need to prepare for the possibility he could be beaten to the top job by rival Hillary Clinton.
The two rivals have both been holding rallies following the final presidential debate, which a CCN poll found that Mrs Clinton had won.
In his speeches in Fletcher, North Carolina, the rural western part of the state, Mr Trump stopped speaking about how he felt if he lost it would be because the election was rigged, and he instead he talked about his own performance.
Summing up his thoughts about the three presidential debates, the 70-year-old said: “I think the first one was fine, I think we won, easily, the second one, and the third one was our best.”
However, even though he believes he was the victor in the final debate, he also said he was preparing for a heavy schedule going into the final campaign furlong because he wants to have no regrets if he does lose.
Entrepreneur Mr Trump said: “I don’t know what kind of shape I’m in, but I’ll be happy, and at least I will have known, win, lose or draw, and I’m almost sure if the people come out, we’re going to win, I will be happy with myself.
“I don’t want to think back ‘If only I did one more rally, I would have won North Carolina by 500 votes instead of losing it by 200 votes. I never want to ever look back. I never want to say that about myself. We have to work.”
It is a candid approach from the former The Apprentice star. Mr Trump who hopes his honesty about how hard he is working to win voters in North Carolina over will do just that.
North Carolina is seen by Mr Trump’s team as a key state for securing victory in November. Other key states are Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
However, the latest rally in North Carolina did not entirely reveal a new humble Mr Trump. He did take the opportunity to attack not just outgoing president Barack Obama, but also First Lady Michelle Obama, who recently gave an impressive speech about how the video tape of Mr Trump making disparaging comments about women had affected her.
Mr Trump said: “We have a bunch of babies running our country, folks. We have a bunch of losers. They’re losers, they’re babies.”