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November 08, 2016 05:34 PM

After spending the last week on the road with Donald Trump covering seven battleground states, former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault says the Republican presidential nominee is keeping everybody “excited and energized” on Election Day.

After casting his vote along with his children in New York City, the Trump adviser says he spent Tuesday thanking his entire staff.

“He came to the war room early. He shook hands and he hugged everybody. It was great,” Manigault, Trump’s director of African-America outreach, tells PEOPLE. “It was great to have him come and keep everybody excited and energized. I was very impressed with how much time he took with the interns and he took time with the logistics staff. Everybody.”

A separate source tells PEOPLE that Trump’s family is beginning to feel optimistic about their chances of victory, although Manigault admits that she will be uneasy until they reach the magic number of 270 electoral votes.

“We’re up against a machine,” she said, referring to opponent Hillary Clinton. “A woman who has contacts and tentacles and a network that goes beyond any political candidate … We can never rest. We are going to be on pins and needles ’til we reach that 270.”

Manigault previously revealed the GOP nominee has written both acceptance speeches and concession speeches, despite his debate-night refusal to say he would accept the results of the election if he lost.

Win or lose, Manigault feels that Trump’s historic run has “changed the political landscape forever.”

“He started a movement that no one will ever forget,” she said. “This businessman from the private sector who never held office is going toe-to-toe against a woman who has been described as the most experienced, most qualified person ever to run for president. And for that I stand very proud.”

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